Monday, June 12, 2017

Mi'kmaq apprentices build birchbark canoe

​Reclaiming things that may have been forgotten

The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq organized the program in partnership with Nova Scotia's Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

The group of apprentices is working under the guidance of Todd Labrador, a seventh generation canoe builder, learning how to transform spruce roots and birch bark into an elegant 16-foot vessel. 

Labrador hopes the program will spark new interest in his craft.
"It's a part of our culture, canoe building and basket making. That's so important, but not enough people are doing it. There's always the fear of losing it," he said.