Join Métis academic, actor, singer, composer, filmmaker and poet Paul Chaput for a screening of his film, “Planting Stories, Feeding Communities”, followed by a Q & A with Paul. It will be held via Zoom on Sunday, January 16 at 2 pm as part of North Grenville Poetry Guild’s monthly events. Please register in advance at www.experienceartfest.com/events.
Paul completed his PhD in Geography at Queen’s University in 2015. His dissertation uses film (Planting Stories, Feeding Communities: Knowledge, Indigenous Peoples, and Film) as a research methodology to bring findings back to Indigenous communities and to engage the public on the subject of Native Studies.
Paul has co-produced, hosted, and narrated 26 episodes of Finding Our Talk: A Journey Through Aboriginal Languages, that aired on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). In addition to five episodes he wrote and directed for Finding Our Talk, he has produced, written, and directed two docudramas on Restorative Justice for Nishnawbe Aski Legal Services to help Treaty 3 frontline workers introduce Restorative Justice practices in northern fly-in communities.
Two CDs of his original compositions were nominated at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Best Male Vocalist and Best Folk Album. He was a founder, and the Artistic Director for the first three years of the Métis Arts Festival in Toronto.
In 1995 he was awarded the Star of Courage by Governor General Romeo Leblanc.