Hé Ho! It's Voyageur Day in Junior School!

posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hé Ho! It’s Festival du Voyageur season again; the time of year when Winnipeg’s French Quarter is transformed into a ten-day winter festival – the largest of its kind in Western Canada! In the spirit of the season, Junior School students were treated to a visit from a “real voyageur” on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. TiBert le Voyageur brought his one-man historical, musical and theatrical show to the School to cap off our traditional Voyageur Day.

Students sang voyageur songs in class, and enjoyed a classic voyageur feast of pancakes, sausage and pea soup before settling in for the show. TiBert, AKA Rob Malo, was raised in a Franco-Manitoban family, and is a writer, performer, and former Educational Programs Director at the Manitoba Museum. He is a community builder who loves to share his passion for history and his French-Canadian Métis heritage. Drawing on his background in interpretation and educational programming, and using storytelling, music, props, and digital graphic novels, he delights students and teachers as TiBert le Voyageur!

TiBert told the students of the voyageur fur trading days by engaging them as volunteers to present parts of his stories and songs. Students wore traditional hats, went on a storytelling “canoeing adventure,” learned about activities in French and English, enjoyed juggling, played, sang and even danced to his voyageur vibe. The students were still talking about it the next day!