Welcome to the First Annual Great Lakes Water Walk!
On September 24, 2017, the Great Lakes Water Walk invites people from all backgrounds to join Indigenous Grandmothers, Knowledge Holders and Elders in a day of “walking for the water.”
The Great Lakes Water Walk is a free, public event - Everyone is Welcome - with a concluding ceremony at Marilyn Bell Park.
In the morning, Elders, Volunteers and participants will meet at the Eastern and Western Ceremony Sites (www.greatlakeswaterwalk.ca for route details) for traditional water blessings and begin walking the eastern and western routes towards Toronto. Throughout the day, these groups will carry a copper pail of water from the four river deltas (Credit, Humber / Rouge, Don) as they walk towards each other across the waterfront. Participants are free to join or leave the main walking groups at any point, with times and distances that best suit them.
The walk will conclude at Marilyn Bell Park, where respected Anishinaabe Elders Shirley Williams and Grandmother Josephine Mandamin will lead an audience of thousands in a moving blessing for the Great Lakes. They will be joined by the Chiefs of the two traditional territories of the Water Walk route (The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation), as well as leaders of cultural and faith groups, government agencies, businesses, along with youth and community organizations. The ceremony and presentations will reflect the shared awe and wonder that the Great Lakes inspire.
Please visit www.greatlakeswaterwalk.ca for all the event details and ceremony protocols.
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