Great Lakes Canoe Journey
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,
Great Lakes Canoe Journey in the news:
Facebook Group: Great Lakes Canoe Journey
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.
See you out on the water this summer.
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