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It is not often that the Canoe Museum is fortunate enough to host 2 engaging and influential Aboriginal leaders in one week! The Canoe Museum warmly welcomes Chief Mi’sel Joe of Miawpukek First Nation in Conne River, Newfoundland on Tuesday February 24th and Wab Kinew, on Thursday February 26th.

Tuesday February 24th at 7pm: Join us for a very special evening with the 2015 Wipper Lecturer Saqamaw Mi’sel Joe, the traditional and administrative Chief of the Miawpukek First Nation in Conne River, Newfoundland.  As spiritual leader of the Mi’kmaq people in Miawpukek, Chief Joe has embraced traditional values, crafts and practices, including the building and paddling of bark canoes. Along with members of the Miawpukek First Nation, Saqamaw Mi’sel Joe has travelled by birch bark canoe across the Gulf of St. Lawrence between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, and from Conne River to Miquelon.  A world traveller, speaker, mentor and advocate, Saqamaw Mi’sel Joe is a published author with two books to his credit, “Muinji’j Becomes and Man” and “An Aboriginal Chief’s Journey.”

This is a public event and is free for Canoe Museum Members and $10 for non-members. RSVP by calling 705-748-9153 or email [email protected]

Please join us for a free guided tour at 5:30pm and delicious refreshments prior to the talk.

Special thanks to Adventure Canada for their support and as a new Museum Corporate Member!

Thursday February 26th at 6pm: The Jack Matthews Fellowship, a collaboration of Trent University, Lakefield College School, and the Canadian Canoe Museum, continues its tradition of appointing exemplary Canadians as fellows with the announcement of Wab Kinew, renowned musician, broadcaster and university administrator, as the 2015 Jack Matthews Fellow in residence.  On Thursday February 26th at 6pm at the Canoe Museum please join Wab Kinew for his reflections on the canoe and reconciliation in his talk entitled ‘Indigenous Innovation and the Journey to Reconciliation’.

Wab Kinew is a one-of-a-kind talent, named by PostMedia News as one of “9 Aboriginal movers and shakers you should know”. Wab is currently hosting the 2015 CBC Canada Reads literary competition and in the 2014 Canada Reads, Wab successfully defended Joseph Boyden’s “The Orenda”. He is Associate Vice-President for Indigenous Relations at The University of Winnipeg and a correspondent for Aljazeera America. His hip-hop music and journalism projects have won numerous awards. Wab is also an Honourary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Doors open at 5:30pm. Talk starts at 6:00pm. Delicious refreshments will be available from 5:30 onwards.

This is a public event and is free for Canoe Museum Members and Trent University students. Non-members are $10. Buy a ticket or reserve your seat by calling 705-748-9153 or by email ([email protected]).  Seating is limited so please don’t delay.