In January 2016, ISEF in partnership with the Canadian Canoe Museum, launched the first joint workshop combining paddle making through the Paddles Across Canada Program and the Tillikum Lens photography program.
Eight students came together with their instructor at Lockport School just north of Winnipeg on January 25. Over the next week these students created incredible paddles and fantastic images but more importantly they created a magical experience. They pulled together as a group under the expert leadership of retired teacher Mark Blieske and they demonstrated just how powerful images and art can be.
Just a few weeks after the workshop they were at the Silver Canoe Dinner held at Fort Gibraltar for the Canadian Canoe Museum. In the words of James Raffan, former Executive Director for the Museum –
The workshop garnered quite a bit of media attention with TV crews from both CBC and CTV visiting the students at their workshop.
CTV NEWS did a follow up story about the Students paddles being displayed at the Canadian Canoe Museum’s Silver Canoe Dinner at Fort Gibraltar.
The students photographs which were displayed at Fort Gibraltar and images of their paddles can be seen here.