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Fantastic Voyage

High school students made a birchbark canoe and sent it to U of T

Grade 10 students at Pelican Falls First Nations High School in northwestern Ontario made this traditional birchbark canoe and sent it on a special voyage this spring – to U of T’s First Nations House, where it now hangs on display. Students at the school, which is located in the Lac Seul First Nation near the community of Sioux Lookout, learn ancestral skills by making canoes and snowshoes from traditional materials. U of T’s First Nations House provides outreach and information about higher education to high schools and offers culturally supportive services and programs to U of T’s aboriginal community.

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