Jul. 24, 2017 - Jul. 25, 2017
Standing Together Canoe Journey
Lopez Island
Coming to Lopez
The Standing Together Canoe Journey
July 24, 2017

Lopez has the honor of hosting eight tribal canoe families and friends at Odlin Park on their way to their ultimate destination: the We Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum Nations in Campbell River, BC. Coast Salish Tribes from the WA and BC outer coasts, southern Puget Sound, and the eastern Salish Sea (some 200 canoes in all) will join together for six days of celebration and solidarity in August.

This is a call out to you and our community for help in making this a successful and wholehearted Lopez welcome.

We'll be providing an arrival snack and dinner on Monday, the 24th, breakfast and a sack lunch on Tuesday the 25th and providing housing and transportation for elders as necessary.

Please consider how you can participate. With many moving parts and tasks, big and small, there's something for everyone. It will take generous contributions of potluck foods, of volunteer time, and some financial donations to fulfill the good manners required of this visit.

Please respond with level of interest and involvement.
Dinner Team:
Breakfast Team:
Lunch Team:
Clean up Team:
General Helper:
Potluck only:
Financial contribution only (tax deductible by contribution to the Friends):

Please respond to me, Kai, or San, with phone number and email address. As we gather volunteers and fill the teams we will be contacting you again with proposed assignments.

The Canoe Journey has been an inter-tribal cultural rejuvenation event of the Coast Salish people for the past 30 years. The most recent Lopez hosting was in 2011 and participation by our island community was heartfelt and robust. Those who participated as volunteers or spectators recall the arrival ceremony as a unique spiritual and culturally uplifting experience. This year we anticipate 250 participants. As islanders, please help welcome these tribal neighbors as we honor their culture and history and thank them for helping to protect the Salish Sea.

Thank you,

Kai kaisanburn@gmail.com 468 4400
San sanolson@centurytel.net 468 3116