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French Lake to Lac LaCroix 6-day canoe trip launch, August 21 2017
21 diverse Canadians paddle together for a 6 day canoe trip along historical routes in Quetico Provincial Park in 3 voyageur canoes. The trip will end at the Lac La Croix First Nation Pow wow on August 26th. The trip brings together students from Quetico Foundation’s scientific research team, Ridley Wilderness Youth Program participants, Indigenous youth from Mink Lake First Nations Youth Employment Program, and is being led by a team of senior Park officials, Lac La Croix First Nation members and Quetico Foundation’s executive director!
Quetico Foundation Student Summer Research Program 2017 Updates
We are Canada – United by Canoe! Update
Here are a couple of pictures getting the voyageur canoes ready for our trip.
We are getting ready to bring together 21 diverse Canadians for a 6 day canoe trip along historical routes in Quetico Provincial Park in 3 voyageur canoes. The trip will end at the Lac La Croix First Nation Pow wow. The trip will bring together students from Quetico Foundation‘s scientific research team, Ridley Wilderness Youth Program participants, Indigenous youth from Mink Lake First Nations Youth Employment Program, and will led by a team of senior Park officials, Lac La Croix First Nation members and Quetico Foundation’s executive director!
The Quetico Foundation’s Biology Intern Jared Stachiw, standing between a massive red and white pine on Burntside Lake. Photo Credit: Brian Jackson.
Dendrochronology is a beautiful science – it allows us to date events that occurred in a tree’s life using patterns of annual growth rings, thus providing a glimpse of past forest conditions and influences.
From July 29th to August 4th an initial investigation of trees for evidence of historical use was conducted within Quetico Provincial Park. Present on this trip was the Quetico Park Biologist, Brian Jackson, two dendrochronology researchers from the United States, Dr. Evan Larson and Lane Johnson, and the Quetico Foundation’s Biology Intern, Jared Stachiw.
Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor paid a visit to Quetico Provincial Park on July 26th 2017 and had a particular interest in the Foundation’s research activities.
The Lieutenant Governor was in Quetico and specifically asked to meet with our students.
Our research team met with her, Tanny Wells, Quetico Foundation co-chair also did – our research team had the chance to deliver a hands on show and tell. Bird song recorder, crayfish trap, fire pattern tree regrowth samples and notes seen on table.
.…inspired by The Quetico Foundation in partnership with Quetico Provincial Park
to connect Canada’s past, present and future, by uniting a cross section of
Canadians representative of the diversity of Canada, through
the quintessential Canadian experience of paddling a voyageur canoe!
The objectives of ‘We are Canada – United by Canoe‘ include promoting understanding and appreciation for Canada’s rich diversity – historically, culturally, biologically, and geographically – breaking down barriers and building connectivity, while using canoes and Ontario’s wilderness as our educational tools. Additionally, the project will connect Canadians with our wilderness environment and values, and raise environmental stewardship to the level of national consciousness.
Our focus is on youth – Canada’s future leaders! The culturally diverse participants from Lac La Croix First Nation (LLCFN), Atikokan and Toronto, includes students from the Foundation’s scientific research and Ridley Wilderness Youth Programs, and the Mink Lake First Nations Youth Employment Program. The trip presents them with a unique opportunity to share their varied personal and historical backgrounds, academic interests, aspirations and vision for Canada’s future. The trip will be led by seasoned wilderness enthusiasts, including senior Park managers and indigenous members of the Lac la Croix community, offering a broad base of educational, scientific and cultural expertise, and adding an intergenerational dimension to the group.
Over the 6-day canoe trip, the group will experience the historical and cultural origins of Canada by tracing a traditional Anishinaabe travel route and the later route of the voyageurs through the Quetico–Superior region, including a section of the Path of the Paddle- the water segment of the Trans Canada Trail. The trip travels through the internationally recognized Heart of the Continent, concluding at the west end of the Boundary Waters Voyageur Canadian Heritage Waterway at Lac La Croix.
Quetico Foundation Student Summer Research Team familiarizes with vegetation monitoring, with Gerry Racey, before getting further insight into studies of wildfires and planned fire management as well as other ecology research along the Quetico wilderness area on a summer-long wilderness canoe excursion. Learn about the work that the Student Summer Research Program does and learn more about the Quetico Foundation here: https://queticofoundation.org/what-we-do/programs/
Photo credit: Brian Jackson, Quetico Provincial Park Biologist