Mother Earth Water Walk 2021

Start date: August 19th 2021 

 

We are like the Water & we go with the flow. All stopping points are approximate!

​Trajectory:

August 19th 2021:  ceremony begins at 8h AM at Hawkesbury Marina 975 Main St E, Hawkesbury, ON K6A 1B5

  •      Alfred, On

  •      Orleans, On

  •      Aylmer Qc

  •      August 22nd: arrival at Bates Island

 

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WATER WALK GLOSSARY

  • Nibi: Water

  • Aki Ikwe: Mother Earth

  • Turtle Island:  North America     

  • Anishinabe:    Original People of Turtle Island,

                                First Nation of Canada

                                Human being of Turtle Island

  • migwetch: thank you

  • asema: tobacco, sacred medicine for communication with Creation

  • Moontime:  Women's mensing cycle

  • Ceremony: Sacred rites of prayers, intentions & gratitude

  • Walking Staff:  The staff spiritually guides & protects the Water Walkers

  • Copper vessel:  carries the Water

  • Touch down: when we retire the Water for the night or before a ceremony or special meal, tobacco is offered and the vessel is connecting with the Grandmother (special rock)

  • Nin tòdam Nibi Ondji: I do it for the Water:  words that we say when the Water is passed

 

​Nibi Wabo: Water song to convey love to the Water:

Nibi Wabo Endayan, Aki miskwi Nibi wabo

The Water that I carry is the blood of Mother Earth

 

Water walks are based on anishinabe ceremonial Water teachings.  We walk to honor all Nibi (Water) and to speak to the Water Spirits so that there will be healthy oceans, rivers and lakes for our ancestors and the generations to come

Migwetch for joining us to honor Nibi and all of Life. We are walking the Sibi Kitchissipi (the Ottawa River or the Great River)

 

The Great Lakes and the St-Lawrence River, together, are considered the world’s largest freshwater lake system & hold around 21% of the world’s supply of surface fresh Water; 84% of North America’s surface fresh Water. It provides Water to more than 30 million people in Quebec, Ontario & 8 states. The Ottawa river meets the St-Lawrence River, we are all connected!

 

PROTOCOLS

 

When we are walking for the Water, we are in an anishinabe ceremony from the beginning of the day until day’s end.

We move like Water, continuously, all day long, every day until we reach our final destination.

 

We carry asema/tobacco with us to offer to any flowing streams or rivers we cross and to honor any animals we may cross over along the roads or trails, this is mostly done by the staff carrier.  When we walk, it is a time for prayers or songs for the Water.

 

Women make offerings for the Water, sing Water songs & make petitions for our Water to be pure & clean.  Because we are in a specific anishinabe ceremony, women wear long skirts & men wear long pants to show our respect for our grandmothers, for Mother Earth, for ourselves.

 

Women on their Moontime do not carry the Water during this time, as they are already in ceremony.  Men carry the staff, but if there is no male in attendance, then women can carry the staff.

 

Please stay focus on the reason why you are here.  Water should always be your main focus.

 

Chi migwetch to Grandmother Josephine Mandamin for having lead so many Water Walks and teaching us the protocols.

 

  • Water Walk is an anishinabe ceremony

  • All are welcome to participate & join us

  • No dogs, No bikes/skateboards

  • No drugs, no alcohol

  • Helpful tips/what to bring:

 

  • A refillable Water bottle, we do not want to purchase any bottled Water

  • Bring a good pair of walking shoes( no sandals it must be walking shoes) rain gear, boots, sunscreen, flashlight, gloves, hat

  • A vehicle (automatic only)

  • Snacks, healthy food

  • First aid, blister bandages

  • Sleeping bundle (sleeping bag, pillow, mattress)

  • Be responsible, bring your own towel, shampoo etc. (our hosts should not have to supply these items)

  • Be prepared to share sleeping quarters with others

  • Bring tobacco for offerings during the walk and for the lead walker (the Water Walk grandmother)

  • Be financially self-sustaining: gas, hotel room & meals may have to be provided by yourself for yourself, depending on donations received. But be ready to do your part.

  • The Water Walk organisers are not responsible for you, come prepared.

 

A Water Walk is not:

  •    A protest, activist action or social event

  •    About the individual or what you can gain

  •    Sitting idle nor is it an easy journey

  •    A place to look for your next partner

  •    For boasting, social chatting, carelessly talking nor gossiping

  •    For thrill seekers, nor is it a contest or competition, exercise, work-out or a game of “I can handle it” or * go the distance

  •    For those who just show up at the end of the walk to be seen & to say they were there

  •    A performance piece

  •    For people who like to sleep or want a vacation

  •    For those who have romanticized ideas about first nation people

  •    For those who feel the need to force other cultural values onto protocols already in place

 

Notes:

  • If anyone is disruptive /disrespectful or abusive they will be asked to leave

 

A Water Walk is first & foremost about Water; it is an ANISHINABE CEREMONY

from the time the pail is lifted to the time of touch down the Walkers are in ceremony