Indigenous Canoe Recognition
DARTMOUTH — New signage at Atlantic Division Canoe Kayak Canada (ADCKC) clubs are an important step in better recognizing the indigenous history of the canoe in this region.
Andrew Russell (Executive Director, ADCKC) said ADCKC has been working closely with indigenous sport and cultural leaders to build stronger partnerships and also find ways to better recognize the indigenous history of the canoe in this region.
“We are excited to really build this partnership and highlight the important history and origins of the sport,” said Russell.
After much consultation and many meaningful conversations, two steps have been made in terms of physical recognition in our clubs, club plaques and club signage updates.
Plaques (2 by 3 feet in size) have been developed to be displayed prominently in each of our ADCKC clubs. These plaques are important visual recognition pieces that touch on the history of paddling in this region, birchbark canoe making, Mi’kmaq paddling routes and mapping, and the cultural significance of the canoe.
“They also speak to the development of racing in this region, notably on Lake Banook, and reminds all of us of the importance of ensuring opportunities for indigenous youth,” said ADCKC Flag Officer Barry Ring.
Also, some of our clubs will be updating their signage to reflect the Mi’kmaq origins of their club names. Spellings and translations were done in partnership with Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey and other key leaders that were consulted during the process.
“We are looking forward to continuing to grow the strong partnership between ADCKC and the indigenous population in Atlantic Canada,” said Barry Ring. “I want to extend Special thanks to Levi Denny, Blaire Gould, Tex Marshall, Beverley Jeddore and all others who supported in the process and provided their expertise.”