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Wisdom on the Water / Prudence en Mer

 
 
Wisdom on the Water / Prudence en Mer Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
1. Wisdom on the Water / Prudence en Mer Marker
Inscription.

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?
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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

Wisdom on the Water / Prudence en Mer Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
2. Wisdom on the Water / Prudence en Mer Marker
At left side of photo
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.

[Photo caption reads]
"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)
 
Erected by Parks Canada.
 
Location. 48° 25.91′ N, 123° 26.955′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada. Marker is at or near this postal address: 603 Fort Rodd Hill Road, Victoria, British Columbia V9C 2W8, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fisgard Lighthouse / Phare de Fisgard (here, next to this marker); Get Your Bearings / S'Orienter (within shouting distance of this marker); Repository / Manoeuvre du "repository" (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Underground Magazine / Magasin souterrain (about 90 meters away); Lower Battery / Batterie inférieure (about 90 meters away); Team Work / Travail d'equipe (about 90 meters away); Naval Defence: Yesterday and Today (about 120 meters away); Harbour Mouth Defences / Défense de l'entrée du port (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada. (Submitted on October 28, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Rodd Hill Info. (Submitted on October 28, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Esquimalt Nation Overview. (Submitted on October 28, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Songhees Nation. (Submitted on October 28, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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