SEARHC Canoe Paddle Workshop in Klawock prepares for Paddle to Celebration

April 09 2014

KLAWOCK – Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) in partnership with the One People Canoe Society will host a Canoe Paddle Workshop in Klawock April 24-26 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 Jim Zeller. 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 Klawock Canoe to use during the 2014 Paddle to Celebration Canoe Journey and future Canoe endeavors. 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-four 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 Native Arts Classroom of Klawock School on Thursday, April 24, from 3:00pm-8:00pm, Friday, April 25, from 3:00pm-8:00pm, and Saturday, April 26, from 10:00am-6:00pm.

If you wish to participate, please contact Rena Wallace at 738-5593 or Cyndi Reeves at 755-4983.