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!