Master story-teller Louise Profeit-LeBlanc, guided participants on a journey of Indigenous experience, using the strength of story to advance spiritual teachings from an Indigenous cultural perspective.
Louise Profeit-LeBlanc – “Tse Duna”
Louise is a Traditional Storyteller from the Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation of the Yukon Territory in Northern Canada. Her 30 year commitment to the cultural and artistic heritage of her people includes being co-founder of two seminal organizations of the Yukon: the Yukon International Storytelling Festival and the Society of Yukon Artists of Native Ancestry. Both of these organizations helped to inspire an artistic revival and recognition of Indigenous art in the territory.
Louise worked for several years as the Yukon Native Heritage advisor for the Yukon Government, recording traditional stories relative to Yukon geographical place names. She pays tribute to the many Elders she was privileged to work with for over a decade, ensuring these precious stories were captured for future generations.
Louise worked for over eleven years to help advance Aboriginal art in Canada through her position at Canada Council for the Arts, where she served as coordinator for the Aboriginal Arts Office, in Strategic Initiatives.
Despite her full time employment at Canada Council Louise continued to respond to requests from regional and local Aboriginal gatherings, festivals and inner city school programs, sharing traditional stories and providing a framework of curriculum for teachers to use in their classes. She was also privileged to be invited as a storyteller at international venues including Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Greenland, Scotland, USA, Belize, and Hawaii and at many national Indigenous artistic gatherings.