Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush first worked with Wapikoni in 2009 when the traveling studio moved into her Innu community of Nutashkuan. She got involved as a coordinator and directed her film “Do not Say It”. It was presented in official competition at the Montreal International Documentary Encounters (RIDM), the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in Montreal and the Festival Regarding Short Film in Saguenay, was a great success. In 2011, she was production assistant on the film “Mesnak” by Yves Sioui-Durand, one of the first fiction films about natives in Quebec. This experience led to a production assistant position at the producer. In 2015, she studied film production at INIS before going to work in a hybrid movie theater in France. She also works as an Innu-French translator. In 2017, she participated in a group exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts entitled Kushapetshekan / Kosapitcikan. She counts France, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, the United States, Peru and Guatemala as the country she visited.
The Innu or Montagnais, or Naskapi are an indigenous people from the east of the peninsula of Quebec-Labrador, specifically regions of the North Shore and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean in Quebec and the region from Labrador to Newfoundland and Labrador1. The term “Innu” comes from their language, Innu-aimun, and means “to be human”. This name was officially adopted in 1990 replacing the term “Montagnais” given by the first French explorers. The Innu refer to their ancestral territory as Nitassinan. In 2016, their number was estimated at more than 22,000, more than 20,000 in Quebec in 11 bands and more than 2,000 in Labrador in two bands.