2008 Métis Canoe Expedition Seeks Members
by admin ~ October 15th, 2007
The expedition is a third of it’s kind, and will retrace historic voyageur routes in Ontario and the Prairies in a 26-foot replica birchbark canoe. The web site features extensive information on previous expeditions: member biographies, photo galleries, videos, press release, journals. Here is the full announcement:
Métis Canoe Expedition Seeking Young Adventurers
In 2003 the Métis Canoe Expedition, a youth project sponsored by the Métis Nation of Ontario in partnership with Fort William Historical Park, re-traced the 2,000+ kms historical canoe route used by the Voyageurs 200 years ago. The crew of 10 Métis youth participants and an experienced expedition leader paddled a 26-foot replica birch bark canoe ten to twelve hours a day during the two-month trek following the Ottawa and Nipissing Rivers to Lake Huron and Lake Superior from Lachine, Quebec to Old Fort William in Thunder Bay. In 2005 the Second Métis Canoe Expedition continued on deep into the Northwest from Thunder Bay to Batoche, Saskatchewan a journey of nearly 2,300 kms. The Métis Nation of Ontario is looking for interested Metis individuals to participate in the Third Métis Canoe Expedition. This year’s expedition will a unique life experience. This adventure of a lifetime will take place between May and August, 2008. Two weeks of training will be arranged, but applicants are encouraged to be in good physical condition. Applicants must submit the following: 1. A current resume 2. Three (3) references 3. Registration Form 4. Métis verification form 5. Medical form 6. An essay (max 500 words) describing why you want to be a part of this project and why you should be selected for the expedition. Please include details regarding your their involvement with the MNO or the Métis Community, your leadership experience and any other qualifications or information you feel are relevant. The Métis Canoe Expedition connects Métis youth with Métis culture and heritage while immersing them in the outdoors. These journeys demonstrate the courage and integrity of Métis youth and what they are capable of accomplishing. They create youth leaders and role models who embody the strength and pride of the Métis Nation.
CONTACT: Chelsey Quirk, Communications Assistant Work: 613-798-1488 Ext. 104 Cell: 613-299-6085.