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Paddling with their ancestors: Yukon First Nations hit the ocean in traditional canoe – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 14, 2018130 Views

Waves, whales, and ‘a connection with a higher power’ as Champagne and Aishihik members journey to Juneau

Jun 13, 2018

Members of the Champagne/Aishihik First Nations in Yukon never thought they would paddle a traditional Tlingit dugout canoe, especially on the ocean.

So Chief Steve Smith couldn’t say no to the opportunity for his First Nations’ to travel to this year’s Celebration in Juneau, Alaska — a biennial gathering of Alaska, B.C. and Yukon Indigenous traditional dancers — in a traditional canoe.

“It started last year, when the ‘Voices Across the Water’ project happened in Whitehorse, and the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations were selected as one of the communities that was going to be gifted one of the vessels,” Smith said.

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