Reconciliation will be the focus as three intermediate Kingsway Park Public School classes embark on a partnership with Fort William Historical Park to build three three foot canoe models. Through this project, the students will learn about the contributions of Indigenous culture, knowledge and technology. Students and partners from Fort William Historical Park will officially begin the project on Thursday, October 18.
“We continue to look at new and practical ways to address the very important issue of reconciliation,” says Darren Lentz, Principal of Kingsway Park Public School. “Through this project, students will learn details about geography and how the land dictates the innovations in canoe technology. Additionally, the project also provides the unique opportunity for students to share their knowledge with other students and also to broadly share the completed projects.”
Following the completion of the canoes, they will be given away for educational purposes. One canoe will be donated to the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, one will be donated to Fort William Historical Park and one will stay at Kingsway Park Public School.
Kingsway Park Public School students will kick off the project on Thursday, October 18, as they participate in building stations. The stations will focus on Indigenous technological innovation, material preparation and tools (safety) and the final workshop on starting the canoe building process. Students will rotate to every workshop every 25 minutes. It is anticipated that the canoes will be completed in April, 2019.