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
Splash is back as the host of Denendeh Sunrise, CKLB's morning current affairs program. Campbell was mentored by longtime host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Josh, as he's known professionally by folks across the broadcast industry has worked for CBC North, CKRW the Rush in Yukon, and at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving north for his love of radio and Indigenous culture in 2007, Campbell graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program in Belleville, Ontario the traditional territory of the Tyendinaga Mohawks. Campbell is proud of his Scottish and Irish ancestry. He was born and raised along the Tobique River the home of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet Nation.

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