Students at Mohawk College and Confederation College have engaged in canoe building to connect with their roots and culture. At Mohawk, master canoe-maker Chuck Commanda from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, guided Indigenous students in building a wigwas tchiiman (birch bark canoe) using his ancestors’ methods. The project received a $30K sponsorship from Breakwater Financial. At Confederation, a group of students recently built and launched a canoe, named Wildflower, that was made out of birch bark, cedar, and watap (spruce root). The students also studied the surrounding land according to western science, earning a preparatory certificate demonstrating STEM-related skills. Students at both colleges shared how the experience helped them feel more grounded in their culture. The Spectator| Mohawk| Confederation Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.