Fayt a la min

Workshops

As the old saying goes: “Creating is dreaming with your hands”.

We’ve recruited expert creators to share their knowledge during a series of workshops named Fayt a la min, the French-Michif name for handmade. This workshop series will give you the knowledge and the confidence to build a traditional tin lantern, carve a canoe paddle, write inspiring poetry and paint works of art on canvas.

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Previous workshops

Tinsmithing

With Fabrice Siaux

Fabrice Siaux is a schoolteacher and amateur historical tinsmith. He started this historical hobby during a Fur Trade Rendezvous where another tinsmith was offering workshops. Being that tinsmithing is not a trade that’s particularly popular, Fabrice decided to bring it back to Winnipeg. Tinsmithing is a 250-year-old trade where a labourer uses mostly sheets of tinplate to create household goods like lanterns, cups, candlestick holders and spice graters. He has been tinsmithing for roughly 5 years now. Most of the techniques Fabrice had to learn were through historic textbooks and by trial and error. Many of the materials as well are modelled after tools tinsmiths would have used 250 years ago. Fabrice is always trying to research and create items that were lost to time.

Workshop description

In this workshop, participants will be making a modern lantern using the same material and tools as Tinsmiths would have used 250 years ago. The modern lantern is essentially a pierced sheet of tin following an artistic pattern that is then clamped together to form a drum. A candle is then placed inside to display a lighted pattern. A historic lantern would have had a cone top and a door to keep the wind from blowing out the candle when transporting from house to house. Participants may also have time and extra material to make a spice grater using some of same techniques they used to make the lantern.




  • Language and age

    Bilingual, 16+

  • Date

    August 27th, 2020 – 6pm to 8pm – Maison Chaboillez

  • Price

    $35

  • Number of participants

    Maximum 8


Writing


avec Duncan Mercredi

Duncan Mercredi is a Cree-Métis poet and storytelling, although he has dabbled in short story writing as well. He is the current Poet Laureate in Winnipeg. He was born in Misipawistik (Grand Rapids, Mb), and has lived in Winnipeg most of his adult life. You can check out Duncan’s work here.

Description de l’atelier

Join us for a 2-day writing workshop in a log cabin at Whittier park by the Red River.

Hosted with Winnipeg’s poet laureate Duncan Mercredi. This workshop will focus on writing about the relationship between the Anglais, the French and Indigenous peoples.

This workshop will be presented in English however, francophones and those that speak other languages are encouraged to register.




  • Language and Age

    English, 13+

  • Date

    2 sessions: August 27th – September 3rd – 6pm to 8pm – Maison Chaboillez

  • Price

    $35

  • Number of participants

    Maximum 15


Paddle carving


avec Mark Blieske

Mark Blieske is a retired Industrial Arts / Outdoor Ed. Teacher with 43 years experience.  Mark has blended his passion for Canoeing, Woodworking and Teaching into a retirement teaching endeavour with a non-profit organization known as Paddles Across Canada (PAC). PAC has the mandate of helping inner city, First Nations, Metis and other interested kids, get in touch with Canadian roots through the carving of a paddle. Mark has completed a year long project called “52 Paddles”. During 2019 Mark made one paddle a week for 52 weeks. Each paddle is a reflection of design, function and creativity,  with a strong connection to First Nations Heritage. Mark makes custom paddles for canoeists across North America. You can check out Mark’s work on Facebook – Sunset Paddles

Description de l’atelier

Participants will be carving their own paddle under the guidance of Mark Blieske. Mark will teach how to safely use the hand tools and sanders necessary to make a paddle. All materials and tools will be provided. Each participant will make a Voyageur Otter Tail  (Algonquin) style paddle that will be ready to varnish at the end of the course. (the varnishing will be done by the student at their home, varnish to be provided by the student). The paddle blanks will be roughed out by Mark, so they are ready to be carved. Mark has taught over a 1000 students how to make paddles, and has developed techniques of work and methods of teaching that makes success guaranteed. You can see him in action at paddlesacrosscanada.ca.


Registration for the paddle carving workshop


  • Language

    English

  • Date

    2 sessions: Sept 26th, Oct 3rd – 9am to 4 pm – Fort Gibraltar

  • Prix

    $300 (includind the paddle)

  • Ages

    14+

  • Number of participants

    Maximum 7


Canvas painting


With Jordan Stranger

Through pencil, paint, or digital platforms, Jordan Stranger communicates the importance of life, culture, and acceptance. Jordan’s works are deeply rooted in the traditions of his Indigenous culture. As an Oji-Cree individual, Jordan uses his life experiences to drive his artistic passions. He obtained his diploma in Graphic Design at Red River College in 2012 and has worked in advertising for the past 7 years. He commits his evenings and weekends to his artwork and works within his community creating murals and hosting art workshops for youth and adults. Jordan Stranger designed the logo for our 2020 Festival du Voyageur. You can check out jordan’s work on his website.

Workshop description

Join this 2 day painting class with professional artist Jordan Stranger aka Totem Dootem. Each participant will create and take home a painting on canvas. Learn about the values of the Seven Sacred Teachings while painting artwork with some of the animals that had a very important role during the Fur Trade Era.


registration for the canvas painting workshop


  • Language and age

    English, 10+

  • Date

    September 11th and 18th – 6pm to 8pm – Maison Chaboillez

  • Price

    $50

  • Number of participants

    Maximum 15