Peel students learn how to build traditional birch bark canoe

A plain wooden canoe sitting on a grey floor.
A birch canoe made by PDSB Students and teacher Chuck Commanda. Photo submitted.
Olivea Loo - CFPT - TorontoON | 07-12-2023
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A group of students in Peel have learned how to build a traditional birch bark canoe.

The Peel District School Board (PDSB), Maawnjidiing Wiingushkeng Centre for Indigenous Excellence and Land-Based Learning worked with teacher Chuck Commanda to bring the learning to the school district. The two-week course was available to students of the PDSB who identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit and, once completed, gave a full-time, leadership credit that will go towards students' Ontario secondary school diploma.

CFPT spoke with the PDSB to learn more: