It’s hard to believe that we have been on the ship for just of 24 hours now.
It has been both overwhelming and exhausting.
The day began early with a tour of a Peruvian ship which sailed over to participate in its first Regatta with a crew of 240 and 86 cadets, the tall ship raced from Boston to PEI and beat the American ship the Eagle. The tall ship will be at sea for more than 6 months before it returns home in November.
This was followed by a walking tour of Charlottetown with the Confederation Players which ended at the Confederation Centre for the Arts where we entered and the replica of the Confederation Chamber. We were joined here by Chief Brian Francis of the Abegweit First Nation – seated at a table with name tags of the Fathers of Confderation – for a discussion about the dark and mostly secret history that led to the cultural genocide of the Indigenous people in Canada. It was a heavy way to start our journey, but it was a much needed conversation.
Next, a group of us went off to participate in a Canada 150 art space event where we made a stop motion claymation video, followed by an incredible performance called The Dream Catchers.
It was incredibly moving and there was hardly a dry eye in the house.
Tonight we have dinner on the ship before heading into the harbour to watch the fireworks before we set sail for Canso and a folk festival. Wish me luck!
I arrived in beautiful Charlottetown to see the Polar Prince in port. I noticed this guy hanging around the dock trying to get his photo taken, so went to check it out.
Turns out Prime Minter Trudeau was in town and spent some time with the Leg 3 participants on the ship. Erin, a C3 program lead, sent me a picture of her with the PM on the ship.
Tomorrow, after settling in on the ship and doing safety drills, the new Leg 4 team are going on a historical tour of the city of Charlottetown.
Lots of chaos at the airport this morning! A baggage drop belt went down for 10 minutes. Luckily I was already in line, but by the time I was through the baggage drop line went all the way back to the domestic security gate.
There will be lots of missed or delayed flights here today!
Time to board!
Yesterday, I received a lovely gift from my good friend, Aiden Lee. He made me a hand painted silk scarf, which he called my “protection” scarf to keep me safe on the Canada C3 Expedition. It is such a thoughtful gift. He even included pink roses to reflect the flower used in the logo for the Arctic Rose Foundation.
Thank you, Aiden!
In just two more sleeps, I will be joining the Canada C3 Expedition for Leg 4 of the 150 day, 15 leg, coast to coast to coast tour. I am so excited to have been invited to participate in a project to recognize Canada 150 by connecting Canadians to inspire a deeper understanding of our land, our peoples, the past, present and future of our country.
As a goal of the trip is to engage as many Canadians and people as possible, I have started this blog so I can share the journey. I hope that people will follow this amazing expedition as I engage and participate in the many experiences and conversations that will take place over the course of the 10-day trip.
Leg 4 will be travelling between Charlottetown, PEI and St. John’s, Newfoundland – with many stops in between. Continue reading “Canada C3 Expedition – An Epic Journey”