I made a last minute decision to make a quick trip to Montreal from Ottawa because Divya, my eight-year-old niece, was excited about her end-of-year school performance at École Face. Divya felt I would be interested in this year’s water-themed show as someone who works on water policy issues. Although I was primarily there as a proud aunt, I was indeed quite impressed by the content of the show.
In the show titled “Magtogoek, le fleuve aux grandes eaux” or “Magatogoek, the Mighty River”, children from grades 1 to 4 narrated the history of the 1, 197 kilometre river that flows from Lake Ontario to the Gulf of St-Lawrence. Myriam Blouin, their music teacher and mastermind behind the production, opened with the statement “Montreal is not 375 years. This land had a long history preceding the arrival of Europeans.” The musical performance began with the Iroquois villages of the 14th century. Throughout the show, the St-Lawrence River was referred to by its original name, the Magatogoek.