Theatre and tales for Aboriginal youth


Trickster is a cultural program involving the stage production of a traditional aboriginal tale.

The participating youth (8-16 years old) prepare the production over 2-3 weeks. The particularity? The tales, legends and traditional knowledge are transmitted orally by the Elders. At the end of the program, the youth are invited to present it to members of the community.

The production and staging of the tale allow the students to enjoy a positive experience:

  • Strengthening self-confidence
  • Sparking creativity through interdisciplinary activities (theatre, circus, staging, musical creation, etc.)
  • Developing a sense of belonging to the community
  • Strengthening intergenerational relationships between youth and the Elders


“Anything’s possible! Trickster allows me to get away and be free. I’ve become a role model for the youth.”
– Jayme, intern @ La Tuque



We work in close collaboration with stakeholders from the community, as well as with several organizations (the school, the health centre, the band council or the youth program); the needs and realities of the communities and the youth are at the heart of each project.

Activities are in French or English, and if possible in the native language of the community.



Discover our collection of Aboriginal tales: Lands of Trickster
7 tales transmitted by the Elders of 7 communities

 Since 2009

 1500+ participating youth

 35+ performances

 37,534 km covered
 throughout Quebec and Canada

 8 nations, 16 communauties

Discover Trickster's projects in pictures: click here.


In Aboriginal myths and cultures, there is a mysterious multiform character: the Trickster, the-one-who-plays-tricks. It can be either a despised stranger or a cultural hero. Beyond its thirst for games, it brings the necessary balance to the life of communities: with it, sadness is more joyful and optimism is tempered.

Contact : Jani Greffe-Belanger • (514) 528-9706 #108


Partenaires du projet • Project's partners



RBA Groupe financier


Trickster a été inspiré par le Njabulo HIV/AIDS Residency Program, un programme conçu par Clowns Without Borders South Africa.