Events & Gatherings
Story Bundles: Laughter and Stories
Story Bundles is a series of six events produced by The Crossing Theatre Company, highlighting the various ways Metis stories are shared. Participate and learn with Metis community members through visiting, humour, singing, dancing, fiddle music and sharing food. Each Story Bundle event will be accompanied by Métis fiddle player Tristen Durocher to showcase the storytelling nature of fiddle music.
No reservation required. Entry is free with by-donation admission or membership.
Event/Exhibition meta autogenerated block.
November 12 at 1:00PM–2:00PM
Be ready to laugh at our second event! Join us for a great afternoon of Michif visiting, laughter, and stories about growing up in the Qu’Appelle Valley with childhood buddies Murray Hamilton and Roger Pelletier.
I grew up on the south end of Jackrabbit St. in Lebret. I’ve have known Roger Pelletier so long that I can’t remember not knowing him.
Lebret is where my earliest conscious memories were formed and my childhood and adult life were greatly influenced by the Michif culture of that community. Like a majority of Michif families from Lebret my family relocated to Regina when I was thirteen years old. Fortunately, many Michif families and individuals managed to stay connected.
In my early twenties I became involved in the Michif/Metis struggle and spent much of my life advocating for better opportunities for our people particularly in the area of Adult and Post-Secondary Education and other issues as well.
I spent 29 years working for the Gabriel Dumont Institute on campus at the University of Saskatchewan as Program Co-ordinator of the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP). I retired in 2019 however remain in touch with many SUNTEP alumni and active in many other areas of interest.
I am a Metis man who was born in Lebret in the early 1950’s, and then moved to Regina with my Métis family in the 1960’s. I have many good memories of growing up in Lebret in the coulee and living on the Métis farm at Lebret. Murray and I have shared many adventures and stories over the years, and we have remained connected throughout our lives. In my 20’s I became a social worker and had some great jobs working with youth and families with Social Services, FSIN, and numerous other organizations until my retirement a few years ago. The Michif/Métis sense of humour, storytelling and music have been an integral part of who I am with my large wonderful Métis family.
Tristen Durocher is a 26-year-old Metis fiddler from Buffalo Narrows, Saskatchewan. After picking up the fiddle at the age of 9, he began attending the John Arcand Fiddle Fest in Saskatoon, learning from fiddle teachers from across Canada. Writing, reading, photography, and teaching are his central passions. Durocher has taught fiddle in Leaf Rapids, Brochet, Lynn Lake, South Indian Lake, and Gilliam as an instructor for the Frontier Fiddle Program in Northern Manitoba. He now lives in Saskatoon as he pursues a teaching degree.