Bark Canoe Building Initiative
This initiative involves having students from a local Prince George school build a canoe using birch bark and spruce roots from the area. Students from French immersion and First Nations schools in the area will be invited to visit the site and take part in workshops. Events will be organized in collaboration with Metis and First Nations communities as part of this multicultural and multiethnic project. The initiative will be carried out under the supervision of a fully bilingual (French and English) expert from Ontario’s Metis community. Field trips to the forest will teach students the various steps involved in obtaining the birch bark required to make a canoe. The building of the canoe will begin on Monday, May 29, 2017. The official launch will take place on the Nechako River on Saturday, July 1, 2017, accompanied by a special ceremony, including a parade featuring Prince George’s various cultural and ethnic communities.
The multicultural diversity of Prince George and the need to strengthen this diversity by organizing multicultural projects that involve the city’s minority francophone community (5% of the population), Metis and First Nations communities and majority anglophone community.
This initiative aims to strengthen the multicultural and multiethnic links between Canada’s founding peoples as well as to promote diversity through multicultural and multiethnic collaboration between the francophone, Metis, anglophone and First Nations communities, based on a spirit of sharing.
Through this initiative, we wish to strengthen and promote the diversity of the various cultures and ethnicities that make up Prince George’s population.
Making a Difference
The workshops will involve high school students and youth from the First Nations, Metis, francophone/ Francophile, anglophone and immigrant communities.
Obtaining the funds needed to implement this rewarding multicultural initiative.
Vision for the future:
To bring together youth from First Nations schools and youth from francophone and French immersion schools for the first time to take part in a rewarding multicultural initiative as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
This initiative aims to build strong relationships between all the cultural communities found in the Prince George area, both during and after the project.
About the French Canadian Association of Prince George:
A non-profit organization founded in 1960, the Association organizes sociocultural and educational activities for the community, helps to create new French-language services and promotes French language, culture, products and services, as well as welcoming new immigrants and facilitating their integration. The Association has over 300 members.