BIRCH BARK CANOES by Mahigan

“I was asked which indigenous language I speak. I speak Michif but I am fluent in a more Universal language. The language that the forest and all its inhabitants; flora, fungus, fauna, animal, etc.) speak. One that humankind must relearn if we are to have a future on our Mother Earth.”

~ Mahigan

Would you like a Birch Bark Canoe in your life?

Well, now is your chance. Marcel has one available.

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Latest Updates:

Teaching architecture students to understand their work through canoe building:
Laurentian architecture student-built canoes on display
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Learning From our Elders Gathering Oct 18-19, 2014 - Marcel was at this year's Elder's Gathering. An experience alongside elders and traditional knowledge keepers, authentic teachings on the historical, cultural and spiritual significance of Storytelling, Drumming, Sweats, Pipe Ceremonies, Sunrise Ceremonies, Smudging, Talking Circles and more: a holistic approach to teaching and learning -- renewing and educational.
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The McMichael Gallery - Sunday, March 9, 2014. Marcel participated in the March Break fun with replica birch bark canoe workshops and the screening of his documentary "The Art of Being Métis: Through the Teaching of the Canoe."
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Press Release:
McMichael Partners with Federal Government to Highlight Canada’s Francophone and Métis Heritage


Brampton Guardian Nov 1, 2013 - Aboriginal studies transforming the culture of traditional education
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Pan Am 2015 in Toronto: Marcel at the 2 year countdown event

Read the article about Marcel from Metis Voyager magazine: Metis Craft at Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery: Nishi - a 4 foot canoe

New gallery: The OAC 2012 Aboriginal Arts Education Project "Teaching from the Knowledge Canoe"

Documentary Brochure: About being Metis

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Birch Bark Canoes by Mahigan
Marcel Labelle is proud of his Metis heritage. His mother is Iroquois and French and his father is Algonquin and French. Marcel grew up in Northern Ontario and spent most of his childhood on the trap line. This is where he learned how to live with and from the forest. Today he builds traditional Birch Bark Canoes and demonstrates his craft at many venues. He also instructs a course in the Indigenous Studies field at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. He is supported by the Metis Nation of Ontario through their Training Initiatives Program. He is also the recipient of an 2008 OAC(Ontario Arts Council) Aboriginal Arts Projects grant towards Birch Bark Canoe Building. He received the highest individual amount for an OAC grant recipient Aboriginal Arts Project, 2009.
The Art of Storytelling

February 25, 26 and 27th, 2010 Marcel was asked to speak at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.
  1. Smithsonian Museum Story
  2. Mahigan shares his knowledge at the Smithsonian (article)

School Demonstrations
Invite Marcel into your school to speak to your students about his Metis way of life.
Special Events
Come out and meet Marcel at one of the many events that he attends each year.
Event Galleries
View pictures and information for Marcel's past appearances

Contact:

Marcel Labelle
1-519-848-3804
e-mail: mahi_gan@hotmail.com