June 30th – July 7th 2016


A special exhibit featuring photographs and hand-carved paddles by youth from the Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre’s Wasa-Nabin and Akwe:go after-school programs.

In partnership with the Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, The Canadian Canoe Museum offered a unique paddle-carving, photography and on-water paddling experience to twelve Urban Aboriginal youth.

Participants developed photography skills over the course of five hands-on workshops through the Tillikum Lens project, a program delivered by the International Sustainability Education Foundation with cameras provided by Sony Canada.

On June 18 and 19, the youth each had the opportunity to carve a full-size canoe paddle using traditional tools. The following weekend, Museum staff led participants on a canoe excursion at Rice Lake, during which they earned their ORCKA Level 1 paddling certifications.

At the end of the two-week program, the participants selected two photographs each for this exhibit. A selection of each student’s work will also be hosted online at canoemuseum.ca and at tillikumlens.com.