NEWS RELEASE · 2nd June 2011
Marc-André de Launiere
Kitamaat Village May 24 , 2011, On May 22 the Haisla Nation Council held the Haisla Days / Canoe Race at Kitamaat Village. Three teams accepted the invitation and competed in the 36 feet Haisla Ocean-Going Canoes. The canoe racers had to paddle a distance of 1,5km to the finish line where a crowd of spectators came to encourage their favourite team.
For the first race, UWISTA team led by Cassidy Bolton finished in front of THE NORTHERN SPIRIT team led by Ruth Mills. The final race opposed UWISTA and THE REPLACEMENTS led by Jake Duncan. The UWISTA team, with Ellis Ross as the skipper, started strong but the REPLACEMENTS team executed a perfect sharp turn in the first leg and held a slight lead to the finish line that was enough to give their team the victory.
The Canoe race is an activity that takes place during the Haisla Days. The Haisla Canoe Race is part of a long tradition. Back in the days, each clan would build a special canoe designed for racing. The competition is still fierce today. It has become an honour to participate in this race and even more of an honour to win the race.
Once again, the Haisla Days organization would like to congratulate the 2011 Haisla Days-Canoe Race champion: THE REPLACEMENTS. The winning team will have their name displayed on a banner that will hang at the Haisla Recreation Centre. The Haisla Days organization would like to thank the volunteers for making this event a success: Sue Smith, Marilyn Furlan, Ellis Ross, Philippe Ross, Garry Wilson, Marc-André d. and the in-house announcer Willard Grant. We hope to see you again next year.