Acknowledgement of the First Nations and their traditional territories
The Théâtre des Petites Lanternes acknowledges that its activities take place on the traditional, unceded territories of the Abenaki and Wabanaki Confederations. These traditional lands include the southeastern parts of Quebec, the western part of the State of Maine, and northern New England.
The Abenaki and the Wabanaki derive their terms w8bAn (light) and Aki (land), which mean people in the morning of or people of the East. Their cultural and linguistic family is Algonquian. Now established in Odanak and Wôlinak, these peoples are renowned for their basketwork, traditional dances, masks, totems and for establishing the first Aboriginal museum in Quebec.
The Théâtre des Petites Lanternes also recognizes the historical stigmatization of the first peoples of what is called Canada and the responsibility that we have as a society and as citizens to be actively engaged in the process of reconciliation. It is committed, through its various creative approaches, to promoting dialogue.
Sherbrooke, a city of lanterns
Rivers of Light is the annual lantern festival in Sherbrooke that marks the beginning of fall. Produced by the Théâtre des Petites Lanternes, the event is made up of lantern workshops, a promenade theatre show and a night market. Surrounded by an array of exciting artists, we have come to realize that our festival is an incredible opportunity to exchange, discover and dream while spending time and being together. We love being together. We love being part of a family.
Hurrah for the lanterns!
Executive Director and co-Artistic Director
Théâtre des Petites Lanternes