Start date: August 24th 2019 This walk is finish, next walk will be in 2020, subscribe here to our mailing list to receive all the updates concerning the next walk
We ask for cooperation & patience to the schedule below. Dates after the starting day are not included because we cannot ever say what time or when we will specifically be at the designated stopping place.
We are like the Water & we go with the flow.
August 24th, 2019: Matane Qc (Motel Riotel)
La Petite Nation
September 15th, 2019: Bates Island
Here are the approximate dates that we will be in your town:
August 24th leaving Matane around noon after the ceremony
August 28th we should arrive in Cacouna
August 30th St-Jean-Port-Joli
September 4th Wolinak
September 5th Odanak
September 7th Lanoraie
September 11th Papineauville
September 15th arriving in Gatineau, final ceremony on Bates Island (Champlain bridge between Ottawa & Gatineau)
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WATER WALK GLOSSARY
Aki Ikwe: Mother Earth
Turtle Island: North America
Anishinabe: Original People of Turtle Island,
First Nation of Canada
migwetch: thank you
Nasema: tobacco, sacred medicine for communication with Creation
Moontime: mensing cycle, menstruation
Ceremony: Sacred rites of prayers, intentions & gratitude
Walking Staff: The staff spiritually guides & protect s 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
MOTHER EARTH WATER WALK 2019
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 Kitchi Gami (St-Lawrence River) and part of the Ottawa 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
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 nasema/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. When we walk, this 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 2 pairs of walking shoes, rain gear, boots, sunscreen, flashlight, gloves, hat
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 camp and/or share sleeping quarters with others
Bring tobacco for offerings and for the grandmothers
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
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