From harvesting the bark to the final touches, 10 Nova Scotia students have participated in making an ocean-going, birch-bark canoe and learned about film-making in one unique experience. Mi’kmaq artisan Todd Labrador built the 17-foot (5.2 metre) ocean-going, birch-bark canoe at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The students participated and filmed the project through ViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth, in partnership with the Mi’kmaq Liaison Office of the Department of Education. The students were mentored by film industry professionals and helped build Mr. Labrador’s canoe. “The project is a great example of government departments and the community working together to teach students and to record history for future generations,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. The 10 students come from diverse cultural backgrounds. Filming began in July and was completed this month. Twenty-seven hours of filming was done on location in Kejimkujik National Park, Maitland Bridge and Bridgewater. There was about 66 hours of filming and workshop time with the students and Mr. Labrador at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. More than 100 hours were invested in post-production, which includes editing, sound mixing and colour correction. The documentary film will premiere at the 10th anniversary of Viewfinders: International Film Festival for Youth. It will be scheduled as part of the following programs at Empire Theatres Dartmouth Crossing:– 10th Anniversary Gala event, today, April 13, 7 p.m.– Aboriginal Shorts, Friday, April 15, 12:15 p.m. More information of the Viewfinders Film Festival is available at www.atlanticfilm.com/view .