EVENTS

BIRCH BARK CANOE DEMONSRATIONS by Mahigan

Come out and meet Marcel at one of the many events that he attends each year. Marcel is fully Bilingual French and English. He offers demonstrations in both official languages.

Event Galleries
View pictures and information for Marcel's past appearances

Past Appearances

  • Click here to follow the progress of a 25 foot birch bark canoe
  • Paddle for Peace Celebration at Victoria Island - Sep 21, 2010 - Click to View Itinerary
  • Marcel built a canoe as part of the Native Studies Program at Fort Erie Secondary School. Read the three articles below for more information about the project.
    1. Fort Erie Secondary School Article
    2. The Niagara Falls Review Article
    3. Welland Tribune Article
  • Read about Marcel being invited to speak at the Smithsonian New York National Museum on Feb. 25, 26 and 27 in 2010.
  • Smithsonian Museum Story
  • Marcel had a booth at the 2009 Canadian Aboriginal Festival at Hamilton, Ontario. November 27th, 28th & 29th. Thanks to all the people who stopped by to see us. You can read an article about Marcel at the festival here HWDSB Article
  • Niagara Region Metis Council - Family Day
  • Credit River Metis Council - Maanjidowin 2010
  • 2009-2010. Featured in the Ontario Arts Council Annual Report Aboriginal Arts section.
  • February25,26,27, 2010. Invited to present and demonstrate Birch Bark Canoe building and uses at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, New York City.
  • January 2010. Worked with MNO on behalf of Pearson Good Minds, to be included in the Grade 11 Native Studies textbook in the Aboriginal Economic Development chapter.
  • January 2010. Ontario Arts Council Grant recipient towards Jiimaanike: The Ojibway Language and Culture of the Canoe. Collaboration with Artist Rene Meshake.
  • December 2009. Artsmart Project Sacred Earth Birch Bark Canoe and Paddle Construction at Eastwood Collegiate Institute, Kitchener.
  • November 2009. Education Day at the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, Copps Collosium, Hamilton.
  • October 2009. Working on the Ontario Arts Council Grant project called Niagara Region Metis Council Canoe at Fort Erie Secondary School, Fort Erie.
  • June to September 2009. Community Canoe Building Project for the Healing for the Seven Generations, Kitchener, Ontario.
  • August 2009. Instructor INDG 4850 Learning and Living on the Land, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario.
  • August 2009. Planet Indigenous at Harbourfront Center, Toronto, Ontario
  • April through March 2009. School presentations for Avon Maitland School Board and Huron Perth Catholic School Board.
  • February 2009. Aboriginal Awareness Week, University of Toronto.
  • January 2009. Victoria Public School, Goderich, Ontario.
  • November 2008. Canadian Aboriginal Festival, Rogers Centre, Toronto.
  • Sept. to Oct. 2008. Canoe building at Roots for Peace in Oshweken
  • September 2008. Demonstration to Mohawk immersion students
  • August 2008. Summerfolk Festival at Owen Sound
  • August 2008. Metis Day Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene.
  • APTN television show called Fish Out of Water starring Don Kelly.
  • 2008. Earth Day at Luther Marsh for Wellington Secondary School.
  • June 2008. Multicultural Festival at Victoria Park, Kitchener on Aboriginal Day
  • May 2008. Conestoga Park for the GRCA and Boy Scouts.
  • March 2008. Elder and Youth Conference, Guelph, Ontario.
  • January 2008. Arthur Historical Society.
  • November 2007. Canadian Aboriginal Festival at Toronto, Ontario.
  • November 2007. Interviewed on Breakfast Television by host Jennifer Valentine.

Contact:
Marcel Labelle
Box 178 Arthur, Ontario
519-848-3804
Mahi_gan@hotmail.com