SEARHC Canoe Paddle Workshop in Kake prepares for Paddle to Celebration

April 09 2014

KAKE – Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) in partnership with the One People Canoe Society will host a Canoe Paddle Workshop in Kake April 17-19 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, Doug Chilton and Michael Chilton. The workshops will also include a twenty minute youth suicide prevention training each day. 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 the Keex’ Kwaan Canoe team to use during the 2014 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 and future endeavors. 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 fifteen years old. It will be held at the Kake High School Woodshop on Thursday, April 17, from 4:00pm-9:00pm, Friday, April 18, from 4:00pm-9:00pm, and Saturday, April 19, from 10:00am-5:00pm.

If you wish to participate, please contact Scott Jackson at (907) 317-6167.