Why this Métis man sees the birchbark canoe as a symbol for Canada’s future
Christian Pilon walks around a birchbark canoe, carefully adjusting the ribs inside the boat. Piece by piece, the canoe was built without the use of drills, saws, screws or nails. In fact, it was made only from materials found in nature, such as birchbark, cedar and spruce roots.
For Pilon, it was important to build the watercraft the same way as his ancestors did. That’s because the birchbark canoe is a symbol of his Métis heritage, which he’s been using as a tool to teach students across Ontario about his culture for the past decade. READ MORE.