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First Nations war-canoe races return to Victoria's harbour

The first war-canoe race in more than 100 years took place place Saturday in Victoria's Inner Harbour.

5 First Nations race in the 1st war-canoe event on Vancouver Island since 1908

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      The first war-canoe race in more than 100 years took place place Saturday in Victoria's Inner Harbour.

      Five First nations from across Vancouver Island kicked off the event with traditional dances and ceremonial blessings. 

      Bleachers were set up to accommodate spectators for the race which stretched from Laurel Point to the finish line at Ship Point. 

      The war canoes were a fixture of Victoria's Inner Harbour a century ago and the First Nations who participated said they felt it was important to bring back this unique part of Vancouver Island history.

      Enjoy this selection of pictures from the race.

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