Great Lakes Canoe Journey

$1,685 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 30 people in 41 months
Hi, my name is Sylvia Plain, I am the founder of the Great Lakes Canoe Journey, a project that envisions bringing together the citizens of the Great Lakes Basin on an annual basis by way of canoes to celebrate our relationship to the waterways, to each other, and to learn about Anishinaabe canoe culture and canoe building. 

In the summer of 2014 I ran a pilot project that was able to employ four First Nations youth who learned how to build a birch bark canoe, received their canoe certifications, learned about water issues/water policy, and paddled in a canoe journey that brought together three communities along Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. 

It is now 2016 and the Great Lakes Canoe Journey is reaching out to ask for your assistance to help us raise funds to build a birch bark canoe, to be able to employ youth to learn how to build a birch bark canoe and to organize a canoe journey this upcoming summer. 

As a supporter of this campaign, you will contribute towards life changing experiences for youth, create new canoe-building apprentices, and help the Great Lakes Canoe Journey move a step forward towards achieving their long-term goal of bringing together all of the citizens of the Great Lakes Basin together on canoes on an annual basis.

Thank you for your support, 

Sylvia Plain 


Great Lakes Canoe Journey in the news:

http://anishinabeknews.ca/2014/08/06/teachings-can-build-canoes-and-communities/

http://www.museumsontario.ca/museum/McMichael-Canadian-Art-Collect/whats-on/programs/Birch-Bark-Canoe-Festival-2015

http://www.greatlakescommons.org/our-blog-b/2015/10/paddling-torontos-first-highways

Facebook Group: Great Lakes Canoe Journey



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Journeying for the Great Lakes Canoe Journey crew extends beyond being on the water.

In the summer of 2015, the GLCJ crew taught about canoe building and Anishinaabe canoe culture for three weeks at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection to over 1000 elementary school students from across the Greater Toronto Area.

Thanks to First Nations House at the University of Toronto, we were able to use their canoe as a teaching tool and put it in the water for the first time in 10 years since being built.
First Nations House canoe at McMichael
First drink in 10 yrs since being built
GLCJ crew teaching students at McMichael
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Thank you to everyone that contributed to the project thus far. Your support let's us know that there are people out there that believe in our vision and the work that we are doing. Gchi Miigwech for being on this journey with us.

See you out on the water this summer.

Sylvia
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The Great Lakes Canoe Journey crew in the news and around town.
Portaging Downtown Toronto
Portaging on Church Street
The GLCJ crew in the news
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This vision of the Great Lakes Canoe Journey began in 2012 when GLCJ founder Sylvia Plain built a birch bark canoe in Washington State alongside a delegation of Anishinaabe people from around the Great Lakes. The crew paddled alongside Skokomish and Maori canoe families to land at Squaxin Island for the 2012 Tribal Canoe Journeys.

After being inspired by participating in the Tribal Canoe Journeys, Sylvia founded the Great Lakes Canoe Journey in 2014 to encourage the people around the Great Lakes to come together via canoes on an annual basis to celebrate our relationship to one another and to the waterways.


Check out this link to watch the beginnings of the Great Lakes Canoe Journey:

http://aptn.ca/fullepisodes/samaqan/season3/ - Episode 9
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$1,685 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 30 people in 41 months
Created February 6, 2016
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$50
Anonymous
18 months ago
$20
Brenda MacIntyre
37 months ago
TK
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Tina Kuckkahn
40 months ago

I look forward to welcoming Sylvia Plain and other Anishinaabe youth back to the Pacific Northwest where the Tribal Canoe Journey started 20 years ago.

CG
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Chris Gateley
41 months ago
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41 months ago
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41 months ago
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Sarah Wiebe
41 months ago

This is such a wonderful initiative Sylvia! Please keep me posted on how the planning unfolds.

AM
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Allan McKeown
41 months ago

great project - good luck!!

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