Walpole Island is an island and First Nation reserve in southwestern Ontario, Canada, on the border between Ontario and Michigan in the United States. It is located in the mouth of the St. Clair River on Lake St. Clair, about 121 kilometres by road from Windsor, Ontario and 124 kilometres from Detroit, Michigan, it is unceded territory and is inhabited by the Ojibwe and Odawa peoples of the Walpole Island First Nation, who call it Bkejwanong, meaning "where the waters divide" in Anishinaabemowin. In addition to Walpole Island, the reserve includes Squirrel Island, St. Anne Island, Seaway Island, Bassett Island, Potawatomi Island; the river or creeks that separate these islands provide the area with its other used name, Swejwanong or "many forks of a river."It is independent of, but within the geographic region of Lambton County and adjoins the municipality of Chatham-Kent and the township of St. Clair. Across the St. Clair River to the west are the United States city of Algonac and Clay Township.
Harsen's Island unceded Anishinaabe territory, is now on the west side of the international border line. The border was redrawn in the 19th century following disputes between the United Kingdom and the United States; as such, the First Nation is now trying to solve their grievances with the Crown with a specific claim. Walpole Island is known as the resting place of Tecumseh, prominent 19th-century leader of the Native American tribe known as the Shawnee. In the late 1600s and early 1700s, what is now known as Walpole Island and the surrounding area was settled by people from the Ojibwe and Odawa nations. In 1844, Jesuits from nearby Sandwich built a mission at the northern point of Walpole Island at the Highbanks; this raised tensions with the Anishinaabeg as the Jesuits were not invited to build on the island and they cut down oak trees that the community did not want to be cut. The relationship between the two groups was further antagonized by the theological debate that Father Pierre Chazelle held with Chief Peterwegeschick and other chief leaders on July 31, 1844.
In 1850 the Jesuits left. Due to a number of contracts for harvesting oak on the island, drawn up by non-Native resource industries, a large amount of Walpole Island was deforested; the nature of these contracts "created a lasting mistrust between the community, Indian Affairs, non-Native resource industries." As part of an effort to colonize the island, Indian Affairs produced an illegal prohibition on the hunting of ducks on St. Anne's Island; the prohibition was lifted once Aboriginal Title was reaffirmed in 1899. By the early twentieth century, the river surrounding Walpole Island was trafficked with industrial freight; the Island is home to many different environmental efforts including the Walpole Island Land Trust and the Purple Martin Project run by Richard Carr. As of January 2011, the registered population of the Walpole Island First Nation is 4,315 members, of whom 2,213 live on the reserve, 22 live on another reserve, 2,080 live off reserve. Bauzhi-Geezhig-Waeshikum Alexander McKee - Indian Department agent who founded the Walpole Island settlement Walpole–Algonac Ferry
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Donations were given away to national charities. The kayak fleet was scuttled and sold off in 2012 and the Charity searched for its next adventure. Spencer and Wellington Jones trekked 1,100 miles through the deserts of the Middle East to raise funds for peace was dubbed “Lawrence on Arabia”; the trek lasted 26 days and retraced T. E. Lawrence's steps as told in “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”; the trek served as creative inspiration for a West End Play in development, titled A line in Sand by playwright Elizabeth Egloff with Producer partner Nelle Nugent. Kayak for a Cause rebranded as Innovadores Foundation, which beginning in 2015 helps develop young entrepreneurs by offering internships at Grand Central Tech in New York City. Vaux Les Ventures Kayak for a Cause Lawrence on Arabia
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