Culture and Language Revitalization

Building Canoes and Community — A Healing Project

The Healing of Seven Generations (H7G) is an organization that works to address the deep-seated wounds inflicted on Indigenous communities by the Residential School system, helping individuals and communities heal the intergenerational trauma caused by the schools.

H7G’s unique Building a Canoe, Building a Community project invited community members, neighbours and organizations to participate in a traditional canoe-building experience over six weeks to promote healing, truth and reconciliation while exploring and rekindling cultural traditions.

Funding from the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF) supported the facilitator costs and supplies needed to build the canoe. 

Youth, children, elders, neighbours and allies from the broader community found the opportunity to learn and share cultural traditions, strengthening relationships while laying the foundation for truth and reconciliation.

The impact of this initiative goes beyond the physical construction of the canoe. It helped individuals affected by the residential school legacy reconnect with their stolen cultures, languages, and traditions, offering a safe space to learn traditional crafts and teachings — building a community of support they can turn to when they need it.

Through this initiative, H7G reaffirmed its commitment to addressing the legacy of Residential Schools, repairing the lasting intergenerational effects of the residential school system and helping the next seven generations onto a healing path.

To learn more about The Healing of Seven Generations and Building a Canoe, Building a Community project, visit their website at https://healingofthesevengenerations.ca/

Diocese of Hamilton