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California’s first canoe journey, timed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz, will take place over six days in August of 2019.

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VISION

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Canoe Journey
to Alcatraz

In the summer of 2019, canoes representing tribes, communities and families the world over are hoping to converge on San Francisco Bay to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz and stand in solidarity for peace, prayer, the water, the land, the air, future generations, Indigenous values, inclusion and a diverse humanity. 

2018 PADDLE TO PUYALLUP

Occupied
Canoe Family

The Occupied Canoe Family out of Oakland, CA hosted two protocols and giveaways demonstrating the Bay Area’s intention to participate actively in Canoe Journey and potentially serve as 2019 Canoe Journey hosts.

TRADITION

Tribal
Canoe Journey

North America’s fastest growing Native tradition brings thousands of people and hundreds of canoes together to honor the water and celebrate Indigenous values.

HISTORY

Alcatraz Occupation

In 1969, Native students and activists occupied the iconic island of Alcatraz, a former federal prison and landmark in San Francisco Bay, catalyzing the indigenous rights movement.


Canoe Journey Mission

The Salish Sea, 2017  Photo credit: Aleta Poste

Planet, Climate, Water, Biodiversity and Environmental Justice

Demonstrate the potential for Indigenous values to lead the way forward in the context of a planet at risk. Highlight threats to climate and biodiversity, and the urgent need to protect water that sustains life.


Aleta Poste, Jeremiah George and Ariah George of Squaxin Island, 2017  Photo credit: Julian Brave NoiseCat

Education

Teach children about climate, water and environmental stewardship. Engage youth in planning, organizing and pulling.


The Stz’uminus First Nation sings canoes ashore in Chemainus, B.C. in 2017.  Photo credit: Julian Brave NoiseCat

Arts and Culture

Celebrate California tribal protocols. Engage community in tule boat building, canoe making and more.


Squaxin Island Pullers, 2017  Photo credit: Julian Brave NoiseCat

CommunityBuilding

Bring together Bay Area territory owners, California tribes, Alcatraz veterans, urban Natives and diverse allies to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz, participate in Alcatraz Canoe Journey, and address challenges to climate, water, biodiversity and environmental justice.


A young Alcatraz occupier and a supporter at the Receiving Depot shortly after the removal of the 16 final remaining Indians from the island. San Francisco, CA June 11, 1971 Photo credit: Ilka Hartmann

Alcatraz 50th

Bring Indigenous history and rights into the public conversation, building upon legacies of courage, oratory and persistence to frame a future where Native people take their rightful seat at the table of public leadership and decision-making.

“This tiny island would be a symbol of the great lands once ruled by free and noble Indians.”

— INDIANS OF ALL TRIBES


Values


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INCLUSION

All are equal in this effort.

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NON-VIOLENCE

We come in peace and prayer to heal legacies of violence and loss.

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DIVERSITY

A broad range of perspectives leads to deep insights and sound decisions.

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IMPACT

Actions are prioritized based on impact and alignment.

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GRATITUDE

We are thankful for all who make this momentous event possible.

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ENGAGEMENT

Without our relatives, allies and supporters, we would be diminished.

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NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

We can do this.

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OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE

Put them first.

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UNITY

No one of us will ever be greater than all of us together.

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STORYTELLING

Our words and histories are powerful, and they guide us to a better future.


Whats Going On

CONTACT

Julian Brave NoiseCat (jnoisecat@gmail.com)

Manny Lieras (manny@aicrc.org) or ask KanyonKonsulting for his number

Alcatraz Canoe Journey is a fiscally sponsored project of MarinLink, a California non profit corporation exempt from federal tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service #20-0879422.

Organizers

Eloy Martinez

Photo credit: Ramin Rahimian, NYT
Alcatraz veteran, firekeeper and social justice worker

Manny Lieras

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Youth worker, producer and singer

Kanyon Sayers-Roods

Kanyon Sayers-Roods
Artist, Educator and Activist

Ed Archie NoiseCat

Artist, activist and puller

Julian Brave NoiseCat

Activist, journalist and puller

Alexandra Roddy

Alexandra Roddy
Business leader, social justice worker and advocate for indigenous rights and values