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Ep 2 - War Canoe

Ep 2 - War Canoe

This Episode

Host Steve Sxwithul’txw returns to his home territory to discover the sport of his ancestors. The Coast Salish war canoe races take place on Vancouver Island every summer. Steve has a tough time paddling with the team, and also simply staying in the canoe. Young girls from the Stz’uminus Nation try to teach Steve everything they know about paddling. Steve’s new found skills are put to the test in a race against other war canoes.

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The Community

The Chemainus people of the Hul’qumi’num historically lived in three points within their territory, one of which is Kulleet Bay, an anglicized version of the original k’elits, which means sheltered or protected area. The name has a lot of meaning as Kulleet Bay is a protected natural harbour that has long been important for its resources. The Chemainus people are committed to ensuring the continuation of their culture and language.


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