Fowl play in Tseshaht First Nation

Fifty four Tseshaht men, women and children participated in a flash duck race on the Somass River in Alberni on New Year's Day

More than 50 members of the Tseshaht First Nation took to the Somass River on New Year’s Day morning and it wasn’t a protest.

Instead, the fun-loving group of 54 men, women and children participated in a flash duck race, coordinator Sherrie Cook said.

“We threw it together at the last minute for fun and it’s mostly family and friends who came out this morning,” Cook said.

The fowl flock of 54 multi-coloured rubber ducks started the race at the Orange Bridge next to the Tseshaht Administration Building and finished almost 20 minutes later at the Hupacasath float on River Road.

The winner of the impromptu event was Tseshaht member Alfred ‘Buttons’ Dick. He beat out his brother Ron, whose nickname coincidentally is Duck.

The event followed the impromptu Tseshaht Polar Bear Swim, in which nine Tseshaht members took the plunge by the Orange Bridge sandbar.

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