SEARHC Canoe Paddle Workshop in Sitka prepares for Paddle to Celebration

April 02 2014

SITKA – Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) in partnership with the One People Canoe Society will host a Canoe Paddle Workshop April 18-21 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 that will 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 twenty paddles for the SEARHC Canoe team to use on the 2014 Paddle to Celebration Canoe Journey. There are twenty-four red cedar boards available to make adult size paddles, and twenty-four red cedar boards to make youth size paddles. There are also a number of unfinished paddles from previous years that may be completed during the workshop as well. Participants may be given the option to keep any paddles made that exceed the twenty required to paddle to Celebration 2014 in Juneau.

The workshop is open to the public, but participants must be at least fifteen years old. It will be held at the Sitka High School Woodshop on Friday, April 18, from 3:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday, April 19, from 10:00am-9:00pm, Sunday, April 20, from 10:00am-9:00pm, and Monday, April 21, from 3:30pm- 9:00pm.

If you wish to participate, please contact Rena Wallace at 966-8755 or 738-5593.