Mi’kma’ki : Gwitna’q (Go By Canoe)

In Miawpukek First Nation, N.L., reviving the tradition of birchbark canoe–building is a way to connect to the past and ensure cultural survival
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Mi’kma’ki : Gwitna’q (Go By Canoe)

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Mi’sel Joe, Chief of Miawpukek First Nation, has spent decades working to bring the tradition of birchbark canoe–building back to his community.

With the help of his brother Billy Joe and Derek Stride, Chief Joe is reviving a tradition that was almost lost. By building canoes using only materials harvested from the land, they are connecting to the past and ensuring their culture survives.

‘Mi’kma’ki’ is a series about the Indigenous experience in communities across Newfoundland and Labrador. Watch it now on CBC Gem.