As told by Nick Huard
If you’re gonna travel the world, maple candies are the best ambassador of Canada.
I was doing the circumpolar meeting of Native languages in Tromsø, Norway.
I had an eagle feather on my microphone.
There was the Mongolian delegation that was there.
We had an interpreter that said, “They’d like to know where you’re from.”
So I pulled out a maple candy and said, “We’re from here.”
Well every day, they’d come with their interpreters and ask, “Do you have another candy?” And the interpreter wanted one too.
I explained to him why it was an eagle feather and why it was there. I explained to him the whole truth and honesty about what we’re doing.
I received a package in the mail. There were 24 Mongolian eagle tail feathers in the package. They’re big eagles, it’s a big bird compared to North American eagles. There was a note saying, “Can we get more candy?”
Written by: Emma McLaughlin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Translation by: Katsenhaién:ton Lazare