Reviving the trail from Gameti to Intseeti (Hottah Lake) - August 29th to September 9th, 2015
The two week trip took the travelers along the old canoe route from Gameti to Intseeti, and return journey via Isabella Lake and Intoahti (Hardisty Lake) back to Gameti. 29 people participated from all four Tlicho communities, with Joe Zoe as the leader. The team revived the old canoe routes and cleaned up the many burial sites along the historical route. The canoers made it back to Gameti on Wednesday night, September 9th 2015, after long days of travel from Intseeti (Hottah Lake). A feast awaited the travelers in Gameti.
The team consisted of six boats: three canvas boats and three canoes. The participants were Joe Zoe, Jerry Zoe, Janet Mackenzie, Paul Eyakfwo, Petter Jacobsen, Louis Zoe, Therese Zoe, Forest Zoe, Jasmine Wetrade, Ryan Chocolate, Franky Joe Nitsiza, Allan Moosenose, JJ Simpson, BenjamAnchorin Nitsiza, JJ Football, Tracella Romie, Terence Romie, Narcisse Rabecsa, Michael Husky, Johnny Naedzo, Stanley Rabesca, Darrel Mantla, Tydas Rabesca, Antoine Wetrade, Mary Adele Wetrade, Jerrick Eyakfwo, Philip Wayne, Richard Rabesca and John B. Zoe.
The purpose of the traditional trails project is to revive and maintain the network of traditional trails in the larger region of the Tłı̨chǫ traditional territories. Reviving means to maintain the network of traditional trails (before it literally grows in) but most importantly to teach the traditional knowledge of the cultural landscape along the route from elders to youth. Thus, maintain the trail by reviving the language and oral traditions of the trail network in the collective knowledge of the Tłı̨chǫ community.
In August, elders and youth will revive the canoe trail from Gameti to Itseeti, close to Great Bear Lake. The trip is led by experienced harvesters and elders from the communities and the main language on the trip is Tłı̨chǫ. This provides a great learning opportunity for youth and community members to be immersed in the Tłı̨chǫ language and culture. The project is for all Tlicho communities and a canoe will be designated for people from each community.