SEARHC Canoe Paddle Workshop in Angoon prepares for Paddle to Celebration

April 09 2014

ANGOON – Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) in partnership with the One People Canoe Society will host a Canoe Paddle Workshop in Angoon April 11-14 in preparation for the 2014 Paddle to Celebration Canoe Journey.

SEARHC Behavioral Health Prevention Program and One People Canoe Society have joined together for the four-day Canoe Paddle Workshop taught by One People Canoe Society carvers, Jim Zeller and Doug Chilton. The workshops will also include a twenty minute youth suicide prevention training each day with trainers Carla Mahoskey and Steven Frank. The Alaska Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention and Intervention training which features the QPR (Question Persuade Refer) approach, teaches participants the warning signs, risk factors and protective factors and then provides information on how to reduce the risk of suicide by use of questioning, persuading and referring.

The primary focus of the workshop will be on the important job of making fifteen paddles for both the Angoon Eagle and Raven Canoe during the Paddle to Celebration Canoe Journey. Participants may be given the option to keep any paddles made that exceed the fifteen required to paddle to Celebration 2014. Twenty-four red cedar boards for adult paddles and twenty yellow cedar boards for youth paddles were donated by Bill Bennett with the Haa Anni' Program for the workshop.

The workshop is open to the public, but participants must be at least fourteen years old. It will be held at the Angoon High School Woodshop on Friday, April 11, from 4:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday, April 12, from 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday, April 13, from 10:00am-5:00pm, and Monday, April 14, from 4:30pm- 8:00pm.

If you wish to participate, please contact Steven Frank at 788-4636.