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Paddy Davisson will sail from Halifax to France as part of the Msit No’kmaq Tall Ship Project. (Paula Gale/CBC) Paddy Davisson says he’s always had a close connection with the ocean, somewhere he’ll be spending nearly a month as he crosses the Atlantic on board a tall ship.

Davisson is one of 45 Indigenous youths randomly selected from across Canada — and one of four from Newfoundland and Labrador — to take part in the Msit No’kmaq Tall Ship Project.

He said he’s always had a close connection with the ocean, growing up in Washington state and later moving to Newfoundland.

"I’m part of the Makah tribe … they’re very seafaring people," Davisson told CBC Radio’s the St. John’s Morning Show .

"Their entire ancestry has the southern half of Vancouver Island, then they came down to the cape on the Washington peninsula … they’ve hunted whales for over 2,000 years." The 45 youths taking part in the project will cross the Atlantic on the Guilden Leeuw. (Guilden Leeuw/Facebook) The project will take Davisson, and the other youths, from Halifax to LeHavre, France, aboard the Gulden Leeuw. Davisson said it’s a "completely amazing" opportunity.

The group will write in journals daily on the ship, and their notes will eventually be combined to create a detailed record of the journey, Davisson said.

He’s hopeful it won’t be the last time he gets to make such a vast journey.

"The ocean speaks to me," Davisson said.

"I hope to have a future career doing this for the rest of my life, so that I can see the entire world."

With files from the St. John’s Morning Show

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