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Portage Paddle Program Kick Off

August 5 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


traditional paddle making workshop that is FREE for youth aged 14 to 18 led by Art Harry and supported by Lenny Rubenovitch and Sea to Sky Community Services Youth Services.

The workshop will share stories around trees and cedar and their significance to the Squamish Nation land. A woodworking workshop that is not just a paddle-making workshop, it also looks at nature through outings and shared discussions. If we look into the roots of the words “art” and “craft” their roots share a connection to strength. The workshops will share metaphors and support participants to not only be a way for participants to express themselves but to share dialogue around trees and build strength in character. Participants will transform a blank piece of wood into a paddle with the use of power tools and hand tools.

This program will adhere to all agency and provincial Covid-19 guidelines and safety of the youth in of the utmost importance.

A little bit about Art Harry and Lenny Rubenovitch
Art who was trained by Chief Larry Joseph in 1973 holds traditional wood carving skills and is looking to share his traditional paddle making techniques in a way that empowers our community through art and storytelling. Art has led a handful of paddle-making workshops and created numerous programming for diverse age groups in schools, and facilities such as “Me and You Arts Academy” carving workshops, Mountain Coast Academy and various Squamish schools. Art’s calm and joyful demeanor bring ease for participants to explore working in a new medium.
Lenny has a long history of working with wood and sharing stories about trees. Lenny has experience working with children and within the support sector. 

Tuesdays and Thursday in August 2021

  1. Program Kick Off – Thursday August 5, 5- 8pm
  2. Tuesday August 10, 5:30-8:30pm
  3. Thursday August 12, 5:30-8:30pm
  4. Tuesday August 17, 5:30-8:30pm
  5. Thursday August 19, 5:30-8:30pm
  6. Tuesday 24, 5:30-8:30pm
  7. Thursday 26, 5:30-8:30pm
  8. Wrap up Celebration – Friday August 27, 5-8pm

Please find your way to the Loggers Sports Complex. Park at Hendrickson Field and staff will be waiting to greet you. If you need support with transportation please indicate in the registration form and staff will contact you.

Space in this program is limited and based on applications questions in the registration link. If you need any help filling in the form please reach out. Youth will be contacted in July with confirmation of acceptance into the program.

Questions? Contact us!
Youth Services Coordinator Caitlin Anderson
Phone: 604-815-3004

Financially supported by the Squamish Arts Council Arts and Culture grant and various community partners.


August 5
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


39555 Loggers Ln, Squamish, BC V8B 0H3
39555 Loggers Lane
Squamish, BC, BC Canada


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