Focus Forward has partnered with No. 9 to offer students at the Katarokwi Learning Centre with the opportunity to build a 15' birch bark canoe as part of a 2-week co-op project. Students will work a collective of Indigenous canoe builders who are working to bring back the art of building a canoe using only the natural materials obtained in the forest and their surroundings.
Throughout the program, students will learn how to use traditional hand tools as they use natural materials that among others include Birch bark for the covering, cedar for the gunwales and Black Spruce roots for the lashings. They will also have the chance to learn the different teachings associated with the various components of the canoe, helping them understand the cultural significance of the art they are experiencing.