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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.

5 Responses to 2008 Métis Canoe Expedition Seeks Members

  1. cathy chamberlain

    Do you know of anyone from the first Metis Canoe Expedition in 2003 who speaks about their experience? Thank you.

  2. admin

    Hi Cathy,

    It sounds like a great program. Sorry, I haven’t found any interviews or video from members of the 2003 expedition. You can find an extensive collection of video and radio interviews from the 2nd Expedition that finished in Batoche. Perhaps somebody else will have more information, and reply to your request. I will keep looking.

  3. Ginny Gonneau


    I was a participant of both the 2003 and 2005 Metis Canoe Expeditions. I am the only person who went on both. Are you looking for some information? I would be happy to help.


  4. Tami B

    Hey, Tami here from the first expedition in 2003. I’m so excited that there will be a third canoe trip. It really is a life changing experience. I’ve become a bush pilot since the trip, and it’s all thanks to the air ambulance fiasco on superior. I wish the best of luck to anyone who gets involved with this project. If you have any questions, you can e-mail me anytime.

  5. Light Canoe

    Hi, I just wanted to find out if this is an annual/semi-annual trip and if an ’09 expedition is in the offing. Sounds like a great adventure.