For as long as I can remember, we’ve always gone fishing in the summer. My parents took me, their parents took them, and their parents took them. My father’s side of the family is Native American (Qalipu Mi’kmaq) and fishing is an integral part of the Mi’kmaq way of live. My family has tried hard (and succeeded) in teaching me the importance of knowing how to survive in the woods, and because of this I have learned to fish and hunt in traditional ways. The flies (lures used in fly fishing) in the accompanying photograph were made by the art teacher at my school, since I haven’t the skill nor the expertise to create a fly, and with the addition of a hook would attract at least three different species of freshwater fish. My father is a very proficient fly fisherman and though he’s teaching me, I find it harder than spin fishing. These flies represent my familial heritage because the different types of fishing, whether spin, fly or hand fishing, are all important parts of and a basic skill in a simple, social society of yesteryear that people today seem to be leaving behind in favour of ‘ready in 5 minutes’, cookie-cutter society.
"Fly on the Wall," by Kelly Benoit, Secondary 4, Joliette High School (2nd Prize, 2013 QAHN Heritage Photo Contest)