Commitment to reconciliation
Our festival’s mandate is to promote joie de vivre and extend the reach of French language and culture throughout the year through artistic, educational, historical and cultural experiences inspired by the voyageur and fur-trade era.
We acknowledge that we have not done enough in the past to strengthen relationships with Indigenous communities to ensure they are included and represented at our festival.
We are now taking concrete steps to ensure we are a positive force of reconciliation.
Land acknowledgement & blessing
Festival du Voyageur is located on the lands of the Anishinaabe, Ininew and Dakota peoples and on the homeland of the Métis nation. Festival du Voyageur Inc. respects the Treaties that were made on this territory.
Land acknowledgement and blessings are a formal part of all our public events.
Winnipeg’s indigenous accord
In June of 2019, Festival du Voyageur formally commited itself to the long-term process of reconciliation by signing Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord. The signing of this accord means we are commiting to “formulate and execute action plans that observe the commitments and principles expressed in the Accord for the establishment and maintenance of mutually respectful partnerships with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples”.
Our year 1 goals are the following:
- Review our hiring and HR pratices and policies to ensure there are no barriers, real or perceived, toward members of the Indigenous community;
- Acknowledge the Indigenous land that Fort Gibraltar and our festival is located on and educate the public on Treaty No.1;
- Formalize inclusion of Treaty No. 1 and Métis land acknowledgment on our website and in all our events;
- Inclusion of Indigenous languages in park signage during the festival;
- Plan & initiate a review of our heritage & education program to ensure Indigenous perspectives are reflected;
- Establish an Indigenous consultation group that will meet at least twice per year;
- Develop more partnerships with Indigenous groups & organizations to strengthen relations;
- Better inclusion of Indigenous artists in Festival du Voyageur programming;
Supporting indigenous artists
We’re committed to ensuring indigenous artists are well represented in all aspects of our programming.
Through our Canada Life School Program (February) and our Summer School Program (May/June), we are committed to ensuring that our historic programming shares Indigenous perspectives of the fur trade and helps promote understanding and reconciliation.