Canoeing Competitions at the North American Indigenous Games.

Sylvia White and Grace Diabo from team Eastern Door and North eye up the finish line in the under 15 year old girls 500 meter canoeing heat Wednesday. The teens are competing in the North American Indigenous Games. Canoeing and kayak events are taking place at the Welland International Flatwater Centre.

Chance Olson and Jaymz Roberts- Christjohn. of Team Washington race in the boys U16 500 meter race.

 

Gordon George and Drake Leon of team B.C. with their yellow and red cedar, handmade paddles which they use when they race their canoes. They are using them during the North American Indigenous Games.

 

Joe Seward, of the Tsartlip First Nation from Victoria, B.C., is the public address announcer at the North American Indigenous Games canoeing and kayaking event at the Welland Flatwater Centre. His uncle builds traditional dugout canoes from old-growth cedar trees on Vancouver Island. Many of the Team BC and Team Washington athletes in NAIG race against each other in west coast events all summer. “Canoe paddling is a huge part of our culture because our ancestors used them for travel and for fishing and hunting,” Seward says. “Now we use to them to race and come together as a people and compete Nation vs. Nation. It’s a good life style.”

 

Silas Wilson and Memphis Wyse of Team B.C. win their heat in the under 15 boys 500 meter race at the North American Indigenous Games.

 

Alfred Miswaggon and Clayton Muskwa of Team Manitoba celebrated their heat win in the under 16 year old boys 500 meter canoe race Wednesday.

 

Team Washington- You win some you lose some. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

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