Monday, June 27, 2016

Not A Chinese Boat Race But [Canada's First Nations War Canoe Race!]

Historic war-canoe races return to Victoria’s Inner Harbour


A week after National Aboriginal Day, another historic moment for First Nations on Vancouver Island. For the first time in more than a century, traditional war canoes returned to race in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Kristen Robinson has the story.
For tourists, it may have looked like an ordinary canoe race in Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
But for Chief Andy Thomas of the Esquimalt First Nation, it was a momentous occasion.
“We had canoes from all up and down the island that used to come here and race and compete against each other. Just to bring everyone together to share a meal, and share a day, and keep that connection,” he said.
Today, that tradition was restored, as war canoes raced in the Inner Harbour for the first time in more than 100 years.
Five different First Nations took part in the day, and many enjoyed the chance to connect with their heritage.
“My father and my grandfather built canoes, and I’m going to pass it down to my children,” said Jedson August, a Paddler and Canoe Builder.
“Hopefully this event can continue. We’ll certainly do everything we can to make sure it becomes an annual event,” said Ian Robertson, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority CEO.
[How about a special mooring in False Creek Vancouver]