The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation will be using the big canoe for community development and to teach youth the importance of working together.
Youth members of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation have been building a canoe for the last six months.
Earlier this week they launched the Big Canoe into the Sharon Creek Conservation Area. Environment Coordinator Sharilyn Johnston tells Heart FM the canoe was built to teach the youth about the importance of working together.
"By paddling in the canoe, you have to work together to steer in the proper way because if you don't put in any effort into moving the canoe or any effort into making proper policies then you don't move anywhere in the protection of the river."
Johnston says the canoe will be used for community development within the First Nation. She says it will also be used for training purposes.
"Moving forward towards the Aboriginal Games that’s coming to Toronto in 2017, we want to develop our canoers and our kayakers and have a successful team for Team Ontario."