Never once in my time in Quebec have I heard or had a conversation about the Franco-Manitoban people. Admittedly, I did not know that much about the Franco-Manitoban community and only am beginning to learn a lot. Not only that, there was little mention about the community in the history books of the Quebec History Curriculum in high school.
It is sad to see that there is a lack of knowledge about the Franco-Manitobans outside of Manitoba.
Just in Saint-Boniface, there are these organisations that are part of the Franco-Manitoban Society: Francofonds, Centre du patrimoine, Le Festival du Voyageur, Fort Gibraltar, Centre culturel franco-manitobain, La musée de Saint-Boniface, and much much more. There are countless organizations that all work to protect, continue, and contribute to the Franco-Manitoban community. It is truly fascinating.
In other news, my second week passed very quickly.
Monday is like any day in the week. I get up, shower, make myself a cup of coffee, get some breakfast, and get to work. At work, I do my job.
Today was slightly different. In the afternoon, I got to see a presentation and ceremony at the Centre du patrimoine thanking the Catholic Church. They were thanking congregations mostly for their work in many domains. I got to meet some of the administration of the Centre du patrimoine, and meet some community members.
Otherwise, I went home and watched hockey!
As an Archival Assistant, my job focuses on creating an archive for the Festival du Voyageur. As a result, I moved to the FDV building to treat these archives.
I had a meeting with my other supervisor. As well, I met with the FDV staff. They were all really nice and welcoming. The only drawback is I am now a basement monster, or dweller (whatever you want to call it).
Otherwise this day was pretty normal.
These days were routine days. I guess I’m a really boring guy!
Trying to meet people and make new friends, I went on an adventure. Wednesday night, as I was heading off to bed, an idea occurred to me. Why not meet people from Winnipeg?
So, I headed off to meetup.com and signed up. I chose the first thing I saw and signed up. What was it? It was a 20 somethings group going out to hang out and play board games (i’ll admit I’m almost 20)! We went to this restaurant called Across the Board Cafe.
The food and cover fee were slightly high in prices, but to me, it was well worth it. I met a few interesting people. I met someone from Japan, another from Vietnam, another from Korea, a guy from Nigeria, and finally some others from the Winnipeg area.
We played a game, the name is on the tip of my tongue (if I remember I will update this), and had great conversation. Overall, I feel like I met some cool people.
What a day this was. It all started with me wanting to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2. So, I go and find the show times and use Google Maps to figure out where to go.
I find my bus. I take it. I tell myself “I don’t need to look at the (google) map. I’ll figure it out!” Boy, was I wrong. I waited 10 minutes too much to get off. By walking, as I soon found out, it would take me 30 minutes to get there. I had to be there in 15.
Instead, I take a different approach to this: I take my time. I explore the surrounding residential area to the mall. To me, it looks like a carbon copy of where I live, just 30 minutes out. Weird.
In all honesty, it was well worth it to discover the Polo Park area. If you don’t know, Polo Park is a mall in Winnipeg. It really looks like Fairview in Pointe-Claire.
Luckily, there was a 3D showing 15 minutes after I got to the cinema. Not wanting to wait, I take it. The movie, in my mind, was way overrated. I’ll let the “experts”, or should I say critics, weigh in on that one.
Anyways, until next week!
Story about a colleague and I at the Centre du patrimoine: http://shsb.mb.ca/Blogue/Techniciens_archives_2017BLOG