Wisdom on the Water / Prudence en Mer Historical

Wisdom on the Water / Prudence en Mer Historical (HM1VDX)

Location: Victoria, British Columbia V9C Capital
Country: Canada

N 48° 25.91', W 123° 26.955'

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How did people navigate this coastline before lighthouses and GPS?
Comment les gens naviguaient-ils le long de la côte avant les phares et le GPS?
The Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations have always been canoe people. For thousands of years they and their ancestors have fished off southern Vancouver Island. Traditionally, the elders knew the headlands and hidden rocks, the prevailing winds and currents. They passed this knowledge on to others as they paddled together on long canoe voyages.
When Europeans arrived, they valued the local knowledge of First Nations navigators. There are stories of the Hudson's Bay Company, and even the Royal Navy, hiring elders as pilots, to help navigate their ships away from danger; and of sailors being pulled from shipwrecks by people in dugout canoes, and carried to safety.
Les membres des Premières nations Esquimalt et Songhees se sont toujours déplacés en canot. Ils pêchent comme l'ont fait leurs ancêtres au large du sud de l'ile de Vancouver depuis des milliers d'années. Les aînés savaient où se trouvaient les caps et les rochers submergés, et ils connaissaient les vents et les courants dominants. En pagayant au cours de leurs longs voyages en canot, ils transmettaient
ce savoir aux plus jeunes.
Lorsque les Européens sont arrivés, ils ont reconnu et apprécié les connaissances des navigateurs autochtones. Selon les récits qui nous sont parvenus, la Compagnie de la Baie d'Hudson et la Marine royale ont embauché des aînés en tant que pilotes pour guider leurs navires et les aider à éviter les endroits dangereux, et des marins naufragés ont été tirés des eaux et transportés à terre par des gens qui naviguaient dans des piroques.
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"It was kind of like your first car, to own a canoe of your own."
(Earle Claxton, councillor, Tsawout First Nation, 2000)
« Avoir son propre canot, c'était comme posséder sa première auto. »
(Earle Claxton, conseiller, Première nation de Tsawout, 2000)
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Placed ByParks Canada
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10U E 466768 N 5364395
Decimal Degrees48.43183333, -123.44925000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 25.91', W 123° 26.955'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 25' 54.6" N, 123° 26' 57.3" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near Unnamed Road, Victoria British Columbia V9C, CA
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