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Youth building birch bark canoe at Saugeen – Owen Sound Sun Times

by ahnationtalk on March 25, 2019138 Views

March 25, 2019

Local First Nations youth are being taught valuable lessons about their past through the construction of a birch bark canoe at Saugeen First Nation.
For the past two-and-a-half weeks a group of eight youth have been working with a team of builders to construct the birch bark canoe from scratch in the workshop at the Saugeen First Nation Employment and Training Centre.
The 16-foot canoe is being constructed the same ways their ancestors would have, with hand tools to cut and shape the wood, and all the same materials, including birch, maple, cedar and spruce, with spruce roots to lash it together and spruce gum to make it watertight.

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