Powell River

  • Powell River
  • British Columbia

We sailed to Powell River, B.C., where we were greeted warmly by the community as we arrived to the pier, including singers and drummers from the Tla’Amin Nation. At Willingdon Beach, we took a closer look at the Hɛhɛwšɩn (the way forward) Reconciliation Canoe Journey Grandfather Project. This canoe carving project was developed in partnership with the residents of Powell River and the Tla’amin Nation, and aims to create a more meaningful understanding of reconciliation through community participation. We were touched by how actively involved community members have been in carving these two cedar canoes, and how the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities are coming together to work towards reconciliation. What an inspiring project, and we were happy to be able to participate. We then made our way to the Tla’ amin Government House, where we participated in a roundtable discussion with Hegus Clint Williams of Tla’Amin Nation. The Tla’Amin Nation is one of the few First Nations in B.C. that negotiated a modern-day treaty, which establishes it as a self-governing First Nation, creating a foundation for renewed relationships, social development and economic growth. We then sat down for a delicious feast provided by the community, which featured elk stew, barbecued salmon, and bannock. We finished off the evening with one of our Ship t’Shore shows, featuring presentations from our participants and a wonderful performance by our musician Tim Crabtree of Paper Beat Scissors. What a fantastic way to begin leg 15!