The historic Papal Site in Fort Simpson is being re-constructed. In the process, project organizers hope to formally establish it as the world’s tallest wood teepee upon completion. Renowned log-smiths from the reality show, Timber Kings are in the Dehcho community to assist the Liidlii Kue First Nation (LKFN) in rebuilding the historic site, which hosted a visit from Pope Saint John Paul II in 1987.
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is pleased to provide funding to the LKFN through Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) and Tourism Product Diversification and Marketing Program, to make the project a reality.
"With the involvement of agencies such as ITI and the necessary community collaborations, the restoration of our Liidlii Kue Community's National Heritage Site has been possible and completed in time for next year's planned activities, such as the 30th anniversary of the Pope's visit, and Canada's 150th birthday," said Gerald Antoine, Chief of the LKFN.
"LKFN strongly appreciates the directives from the Elders whom had spoken of this special historic gathering place. Liidlii Kue certainly welcomed the support from ITI and Canada's funding toward the completion of the teepee as it is one of the key elements to the success of fulfilling our Elders' vision."
Timber Kings is a reality television show that follows master log-smiths and artisans as they construct exquisite custom-build homes and structures. The Papal Teepee will be the first teepee they’ve constructed. The crew has begun filming construction in Fort Simpson and the episode is set to air in February 2017 on HGTV to roughly 100 countries.