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Nova Scotia’s Tall Ships event was recently recognized with the first Sail Training International Mission Award, given at the discretion of the Board of Trustees to any group or individual who achieves or supports an exceptional achievement in support of the mission of sail training.
Sail Training International (STI) chairman Doug Prothero presented the award to Waterfront Development for their work with project partners on Msit No’Kmaq: All My Relations. This youth development and skills-building initiative focused on Indigenous Canadians during RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.
The project provided the opportunity for 45 Indigenous young people, between the ages of 16 and 24 from across Canada, to sail on the final race leg from Halifax to France on board tall ship Gulden Leeuw.
“Sometimes you have to tell one story in order to tell another. When we planted the seed of the idea we could not have imagined how far Waterfront Development would take its commitment to the project,” said Mr. Prothero.
“In our desire to keep pushing on the limits of our mission work – of taking some of this world’s most underprivileged on a sail training voyage – and in the spirit of truth and reconciliation, this voyage has been a success.”
Along with STI, Waterfront Development’s partners included Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Morley Googoo, Ulnooweg, the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, MP Andy Fillmore and Three Things Consulting. It is the only Canadian port and organization to receive the award.
STI Chairman Doug Prothero and Waterfront Development Acting CEO Jennifer Angel