Together let’s build a birch bark canoe

Posted on Friday, January 20, 2017

From January 24 to March 23, the uOttawa community and the Ottawa public are invited to participate in the construction of a 13-foot birch bark canoe in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore aspects of Anishinabeg and Metis culture and examples of how Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing intersect with the disciplines of art, engineering, and science in a hands-on and interactive setting. The canoe building will be led by Marcel Labelle, a proud Metis and Algonquin, who has conducted similar projects throughout academic institutions in Ontario.

Students, faculty, staff and members of the Ottawa community are invited to participate in the building of the canoe. Individuals are welcome to drop-in and lend a hand. Groups and classes are also welcome but need to register by emailing

Opening ceremony: January 24, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the UCU “Couch Lounge“

Daily Schedule:
When: Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (January 24 to March 23, 2017)
Where: Couch lounge, UCU
Cost: Free
Drop-ins welcome

For more information:

uOttawa is proud to host this project in collaboration with the Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies, the Indigenous Students Association, and the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa.

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