History of Canoe

GWITN ‘22 (Canoe ‘22) and Canoe Kayak Canada acknowledge the history of the canoe and the waterways on which Canoe ’22 will take place are rich with Indigenous culture and tradition. As an International event, we recognize the unique opportunity and platform it provides to share this history through awareness building and celebration with our local community and international visitors.

CKC Indigenous Programming


Spring 2022, members of the Canoe ’22 Host Society, representatives from the Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada (ADCKC), and organizers from the 2023 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) Local Organizing Committee came together to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU strengthens an ongoing relationship of collaboration between the organizations.

Through this partnership, the ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships and NAIG 2023 will be supported by resource sharing, relationship building, and opportunities for community engagement. Panuk (Lake Banook) will be a shared venue for canoe/kayak racing at Canoe ’22 and the NAIG 2023, respectively.


Did you know?

Did you know these Indigenous words and their english translations?

  • Kjipuktuk - Halifax
  • Mi'kma'ki - Nova Scotia (Parts of NFLD, NB & PEI too)
  • Turtle Island - Canada
  • Kwe - Hello
  • Wela'lin - Thank you
  • Pjila’si - Welcome
  • Welikiskik - Sunny
  • Weju'sik - Windy
  • Samqwan - Water
  • Gwitn - Canoe


Indigenous Resources

Please see the following links for more information about Indigenous resources.