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November 9, 2023
On a sunny Friday morning, a beautiful canoe created by local Indigenous students had a successful first voyage.
It also had many more successful trips out onto the water, as each student who wanted to got a chance to paddle in it.
On November 3, Indigenous students, their family and friends, community members, and Peel District School Board (PDSB) staff gathered at Heart Lake Conservation Park to launch a canoe the students made with all-natural materials.
The students made the canoe at the Maawnjiding Wiingushkeng Centre for Indigenous Excellence and Land-Based Learning under the tutelage of Algonquin canoe builder Chuck Commanda.
Nicole Reynolds, Coordinating Vice-Principal of Indigenous Education for the PDSB, said Maawnjiding Wiingushkeng is a place for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students in Peel to receive education in their cultures and languages.