The day spent on Gambier Island at Camp Fircom was unforgettable. In the morning, we gathered on the island with some of the participants on the C 3 Expedition, sharing our stories about Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem. After lunch we climbed into Voyageur canoes – a real thrill for me as a kayaker. I was re-experiencing the mode of travel of my ancestors.
I made sure to get into the same canoe as my friend, Xwalacktun, an expert paddler, as well as master carver. He has paddled in the Canoe Journeys up and down the West Coast.
On the icebreaker, Portal Prince, we met with the scientists on board. They are analyzing data from water samples to measure water quality, amount of plastic in the oceans and varieties of DNA. An altogether rewarding and unforgettable day.