Word of the Week…en français
A river and place-name in Ontario. The word ‘chenail’ is not found in European French, but is said to be current in Joual. It is known in the Detroit region from at least the 18th century. The Chenail Ecarte flows south from the St. Clair River into Lake St. Clair, and lies to the east of Walpole and St. Anne Islands. Also known from “Chenail Ecarte Reserve,” to which the Walpole Island First Nation is historically linked. It was on the eastern shore of the St. Clair River in the 18th and 19th centuries, once entirely the territory of the Three Fires Condederacy.