Firth becomes first Gwich’in Captain of the Louis Cardinal

Louis Cardinal Ferry.

Working aboard Ferries in the Mackenzie Delta has become a bit of a family tradition for the Firth’s of Fort McPherson.

Wilbert Firth says there’s been many Gwich’in deckhands, but his grandson Darcy is the first to climb to the rank of Captain.

“We’re pretty proud of him, and hope he paves a way for himself,” he told CKLB on Friday.

Captain Darcy Firth aboard the Louis Cardinal Ferry. (Photo Courtesy of the Firth Family)











Wilbert served aboard the Abraham Francis which crosses the Peel River at Fort McPherson.

“For about five years I was a painter and maintenance man on it.”

Darcy has earned the nickname of “smooth operator,” by his peers as captain of the Louis Cardinal which crosses the Arctic Red to Tsiigehtchic.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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