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Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid

Cecil Paul, Xenaksiala elder, at a book signing in Kitimat Valley.

Cecil Paul has told the story of that long journey in—what his granny called—the magic canoe. “Build a canoe and it will be supernatural and no matter how many people will come aboard to help you paddle to save your place of birth, it will never be full.” Raincoast is one of the many organizations who stepped into the magic canoe to support and learn from the traditional knowledge systems of the Xenaksiala…

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A first grizzly bear in the Kitlope

A stunning field of Lupin is framed by the epic mountains of the Kitlope.

Just days before being asked to go on a last-minute week-long trip to the Kitlope I had been glued to the pages of Cecil Paul and Briony Penn’s new book, Stories From the Magic Canoe. I was invited to visit as a guest aboard Maple Leaf, to capture visuals, to help with fundraising and awareness […]

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