Storyteller/Musician Gerald LaRoche performs at International Storytelling Festival (Prairie View)
No one can fool a kid or a teenager. They really are sharing who they are through their stories. Young people are hungry for that authenticity today and that's how you build community.
—Dr. Jessica Senehi, Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice
Good storytellers don't grow on trees. But when you come across one, you wish they did.
Right now there are dozens of storytellers in town for the 7th Annual Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival. It draws storytellers from around the world.
Their goals are to "nurture the art of storytelling in Winnipeg; promote youth voice as a critical skill for global citizenship; and to promote the use of story-based approaches for peacemaking." (courtesy Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival website)
Top of the list of regional storytellers being featured is Muuxi Adam. Here's his story:
Other storytellers not to be missed include Metis playwright and storyteller Ian Ross, also known for his humour segment on CBC Joe From Winnipeg; Faiza Hargaaya who is originally from Oromia and now works with youth and is very involved in IRCOM; storyteller and musician extraordinaire Gerald LaRoche and traditional Cree-Métis storyteller and poet Duncan Mercredi.