The Canadian vessel c3 that is sailing from coast to coast to coast docked in Bella Bella over the thanksgiving weekend.
The ship was most recently in Prince Rupert and is near the end of its 150 day voyage. Reconciliation has been the theme since the start of the trip in Toronto June first with Heiltsuk councillor Leona Humchitt on board. She says the Heiltsuk word for reconciliation translates into “turn something around and make it right again”. She adds if there is one thing the first 150 years have taught her it is that reconciliation is the only path forward and with so much history behind us and formidable challenges ahead, it’s time to pull together.
Those on board toured the ancient village of Triquet. The site has shown habitation by first nations going back over 14,000 years. Contrast that with the pyramids in Egypt which date back 5,000 years and the ruins of ancient Rome which date back about 2,000 years
Hereditary chief Harvey Humchitt, who joined the expedition as it traveled to rivers inlet, noted the First Nations knowledge and culture have given the people something great to offer Canada in the next 150 years, if the country and its leaders will listen.
The vessels passengers also had the chance to engage community members in conversation, share meals and take part in a number of activities all of which were to promote an active approach to reconciliation and cultural exchange.
Chief counsellor Marilyn Slett points out there is a lot of talk about reconciliation, but so far very little action. She says talk of respect and inclusion alone won’t rebuild healthy communities and economies.
The c3 is slated to terminate its voyage in victoria october 28th.