Artist's Name: The blade motif was designed by Megan from the English River First Nation (Dene/Metis), incorporating original ideas from our Canoe Foundation founder Ian.
Paddle Title: “Voyageur Paddles of Peace”
Meaning of Paddle Design: The motif was influenced by Indigenous culture and imagery and reflects our need to restore the balance between nature and humankind and to better appreciate the interconnectedness of all life forms. This is one of Canoe Foundation's signature paddles.
Funding Project: Net proceeds from the sale of the Voyageur paddle will be directed towards the support of the Wet'suwet'en, who are defending their unceded territory in British Columbia from the Coastal Gas Link (CGL) pipeline.
Paddle Maker: Russell
Paddle Wood: Cherry
Paddle Style: Beaver tail
Paddle Grip: Contoured apprx. 3.25” / 8.5 cm.
Paddle Length: 60" / 152.5 cm.
Paddle Condition: New
Paddle Accessory: Each paddle includes a canoe shaped vertical wall mount paddle holder.
Photograph Location: Temiskaming Shores, Ontario
Short Artists Biography: Designer, artist, avid traveler, photographer, illustrator, from English River First Nation (Dene/Metis) ...Megan specializes in cross-cultural design and communication as well as branding.
She believes Canada is a country that should aim to integrate both Indigenous and non Indigenous iconography, design, and philosophies into the greater community, and aims to represent a true reconciled society.
Short Founders Biography: Born in Toronto, Ian spent the summers of his youth in northern Ontario amongst the islands and on the waters of the Georgian Bay. His understanding of the ways of the canoe were developed there. As the founder of Canoe Foundation he brings his understanding of the challenges we face in terms of seeking solutions to the climate crisis with his fundamental belief that advocating for Indigenous rights is one of the best ways to fight for the environment.