Indigenous Initiatives

Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

While remaining proud of our heritage, Festival du Voyageur would like to recognize the role the fur trade industry has played in the colonization of these lands and the long-term impacts it has had on our Indigenous relatives.

Festival du Voyageur commits to nurturing relationships with its Inuit, Métis and First Nations relatives by encouraging, curating, and promoting Indigenous languages, culture, and traditions.

Festival du Voyageur would like to acknowledge that its Festival is hosted on Treaty 1 territory. The energy that powers the Festival comes from Treaty 5 territory. The water that sustains it is sourced from Treaty 3 territory.

We are committed to continuing our efforts towards reconciliation with Indigenous communities and support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP).

Stories Carried by Smoke

Stories carried by smoke references the act of gathering around a campfire and the stories and teachings shared amongst the community. The artworks presented narrate and reflect on kin, land, and community relations through the lens of Indigenous, Métis, and Inuit artists. 

This immersive outdoor exhibition is located at various sites throughout the festival grounds, featuring illustrations, texts, prints, film, and multimedia projections. Stories carried by smoke evokes the conversation on how stories are transmitted and shared amongst us. Building connections with each other, the land, and the community through storytelling.

Minut Michif

Winter Stories

Join elders Barbara Nepinak and Winston Wuttnee in the teepee at the park for some traditional winter stories delivered in both Cree and Anishinaabemowin

Journée Louis Riel Day

Louis Riel Day Schedule
10h-14h | Community Pointillism art in Tente Rivière-Rouge, Tente Forest, and Cabane à Sucre
10h-14h |  Beading Circle (2nd floor of Maison du Bourgeois in Fort Gibraltar); open to all!
15h | Unveiling of a 4-piece mural made children and bingo dabbers  
15h | Métis Parade 
15h30 | Métis party with Kadanse

Susan Aglukark, Asham Stompers, Kadanse, Patti Kusturok, Alexandre Tétrault Band, Winston Wutunee, Spirit Sand Singers

Infinity Fire

The Infinity Fire is a gathering place in the heart of Parc du Voyageur which honours the Red River Métis. Its unique design in the shape of the infinity symbol is a representation of the everlasting Métis resiliency in Manitoba. Festival du Voyageur’s intentions are to encourage everyone to gather with friends and family by the warmth of the fires to share stories and joie de vivre.