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Name: Ian Porteous
Date registered: April 19, 2010
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Ian is the main guy doing the workshops and training others to do likewise.

Latest posts

  1. 150th Canada anniversary — June 20, 2016
  2. The Barn Dance – a spooky Halloween story — October 24, 2013
  4. Springbank Highschool Folk Dancing — April 19, 2013
  5. The Voyageurs: By Ian Porteous — July 10, 2012

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Jun 20

150th Canada anniversary

In the mid-19th century, British North America was a patchwork of colonial lands that included two colonies on the Pacific coast, the North-Western Territory and Rupert’s Land, the Province of Canada (previously Lower and Upper Canada), the colony of Newfoundland and the Maritime provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Each province …

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Oct 24

The Barn Dance – a spooky Halloween story

The Barn Dance – a spooky Halloween story   As I drove down the seemingly endless dark road, I cursed my friends. “A quaint little barn in the middle of nowhere,” they said. Well they got that right, there was not one blessed sign of civilization anywhere to be seen. Just then, I caught a …

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Sep 16


Les Bucherons, specializing in cultural preservation, has been running exceptional live programming in schools for over 30 years. We know you understand the value of quality education and we are honoured to share our upcoming plans.   Our company founder, Gilbert Parent is turning 60 this year and has been on the road for a …

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Apr 19

Springbank Highschool Folk Dancing

  The students at Springbank Highschool in Calgary today were fantastic, best bunch of French Singers I’ve ever heard in a high school.

Jul 10

The Voyageurs: By Ian Porteous

One of our famous first explorers was Jacques Cartier. In 1534 he was commissioned by the King of France to set sail and find the North West Passage, a shortcut to Asia and the Orient. There were two obvious routes to travel inland. One was discovered by Henry Hudson in 1610, hence this straight and …

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May 23


The most famous Métis dance is the Red River Jig or as it is known in Michif, “oayache mannin”. The accompanying fiddle tune is considered an unofficial Métis anthem. The tune was very popular in the mid 1800s and was known from Alaska to James Bay. The dance is a combination of Plains First Nations …

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May 03

Le grand fleuve du langage coule en nous

Le grand fleuve du langage coule en nous et nous coulons en lui. Il nous lie à des origines, il nous donnes force et profondeur, il nous mène vers des immensités. Au bord de ce fleuve, en un territoire précis d’Amerique, sous des vents de concurrence, nous nous sommes reconnus dans le projet d’évenement la …

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Jan 26

Mon Pays – My Country by Gilles Vigneault

Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver Mon jardin ce n’est pas un jardin, c’est la plaine Mon chemin ce n’est pas un chemin, c’est la neige Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver Dans la blanche cérémonie où la neige au vent se marie Dans ce pays de poudrerie mon …

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Sep 09

The Voyageur Code

The Voyageur Code 1. Keep alert to what’s ahead 2. Respond to changing currents 3.Trust your crew 4. Look out for each other 5. Follow directions 6. Ask for help 7. Keep your word 8. Stay focused 9. Commit to the journey 10. Explore the unknown 11. Expect adversity 12. Persevere

Apr 22

Avant Que J’oublie

Voyageurs going down the river

Transforming Your Classroom Through Cultural Restoration       Let “AvantQue J’oublie” help you… Be the kind of teacher your students will fondly remember Build community in your classroom Restore culture Enhance curriculum Build confidence in yourself Build confidence in your students Turn language learning into an adventure Restore etiquette Show your students how to pass on …

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