Kickstarter project launched to search for warships of 1697 Battle of Hudson Bay at York Factory, MB

International team uses crowd funding to create an educational adventure for use in teaching early North American history
By: Fara Heim Foundation
CINCINNATI - July 23, 2013 - PRLog -- Today an international team led by the Fara Heim Foundation launches a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to support the search for warships lost in the 1697 Battle of Hudson Bay. The naval engagement is one of Canada’s most significant military battles during which an attacking force of Canadians, led by Captain Pierre Le Moyne D’Iberville, engaged 3 British warships defending a Hudson Bay Company fort at York Factory, Manitoba. D’Iberville fought 3 British warships and won. After the naval engagement Captain  ’Iberville’s sinking ship, Le Pélican, was beached to save his crew. He then led his men across the polar bear infested landscape to capture York Factory.

The Fara Heim Foundation is leading the expedition to York Factory as part of their mission to expand the knowledge of early North American history. “To prepare for an upcoming expedition into the Canadian Arctic to search for signs of early Viking exploration last summer we travelled down the Nelson River and over to York Factory. While researching the history of the area and while standing at York Factory we came across the incredible story of the Battle of Hudson Bay. Our core team grew up in the province of Manitoba and we’d never heard of this historical event,” said U.S. team leader David Collette who had spent 11 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

“There is a real need for teaching aids for use in teaching early Canadian and North American history and the concept of Educational Adventures was born,” said the Canadian team leader Johann Sigurdson III. “My son, Johann IV (22), and David’s daughter, Mackenzie (15), talked with their friends and class mates about their classroom experiences and confirmed that there is a great opportunity to take historical events and package them into effective and memorable adventures.” The Battle of Hudson Bay educational adventure will include an instructional kit for teachers and a 45 minute video featuring Johann and Mackenzie on a dramatic adventure from Winnipeg to York Factory and back that embeds syllabus requirements into an engaging while entertaining teaching package.

“Like Christopher Columbus, Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Richard Branson have found before us expeditions are expensive,” said David Collette. “While becoming an official federal non-profit may help with donations we believe we can use the creation of educational adventures as a sustainable funding model to support our future expeditions. After meeting with non-profit foundations, educators, historians and other expedition teams across Canada and the U.S. the feedback on the concept of educational adventures has spurred us into action and we will start with the very important Battle of Hudson Bay.”

“Kickstarter is the ideal platform to generate the seed capital for this expedition and crowdfunding is a very effective way to reach out to a lot of people in a short amount of time,” said Johann III. “In Kickstarter tradition we have a wide range of rewards for funders ranging from digital pictures, to t-shirts, to a copy of the video to actually joining as a team member for 7 days on the shores of Hudson Bay.”

“Last year we were constantly encountering polar bears, beluga and other wildlife on our trip down the Nelson River from Gillam, Manitoba,” said Mackenzie. “We will be uploading daily reports to our website and anyone that whether you’re watching the video a year later or you come on the expedition with us you are going to be excited about the adventure, the locale and the Battle of Hudson Bay,” said Johann IV.

“We are also are a flag carrying expedition of the Explorers Club,” said Johann III who has been a member since 2011. “We are working with the best expedition leaders and explorers in the world and will document and create a digital data package for historians and archaeologists to use in future recovery operations.”

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