Storytellers Series: Louise Profeit-Leblanc
By Louise Profeit-Leblanc
February 3, 10, 17, 2021
Recommended for Ages 9-12 (Gr. 3-6)
Premiering in October, this brand new Storytellers Series spotlights oral storytelling traditions across cultures. The series will be made available to schools with options pre- and post-show workshops.
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“T’s Däna”- Beaver Woman
Louise is a member of the Nacho N’yak Dun First Nation of Mayo, in Northeastern Yukon. She is a mother, grandmother and a Story-Keeper. She presently lives in Wakeﬁeld, Quebec with her husband Bob. Louise comes from a long line of traditional storytellers and her repertoire consists of her own personal stories and more speciﬁcally ancient stories relative to her homeland, the Yukon. These stories depict how the land was made, how her people lived and survived for thousands of years. Many of these stories refer to how everything in nature, exists in balance but more importantly depict morals and teachings how we all can learn to live harmoniously with each other, while caring for the land, the water and all living things. She is grateful of the privilege of having been passed down these stories by her Elders and honoured to be able to share them with all generations and people of all backgrounds, for the last 45 years.
She has travelled extensively sharing these stories at many International venues Storytelling festivals, universities and colleges, where she also has provided storytelling workshops using examples of stories to inform the audience of the importance of oral tradition for the healing of the nations.
Louise is also a visual textile artist, poet and short story writer and continues to demonstrate the necessity of utilizing the power of art and story, to heal, educate and provide opportunities for others to express their culture and strength through the arts. Louise volunteers her time serving in many capacities and sharing Traditional knowledge with children, mothers at schools and community centres. She also provides storytelling workshops and is a member of the Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada.
She recently accepted to be on the board for the “Bearing Witness Canada” chapter for this region, established to assist in educating the public about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report and has recently offered a workshop on “Seven Valleys Towards Reconciliation” for the organization to help commemorate National Indigenous Day. Louise strongly believes that “the purpose of justice is for the appearance of unity” on the planet.
Program & Study Guide
- School and Groups