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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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
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.
North America’s fastest growing Native tradition brings thousands of people and hundreds of canoes together to honor the water and celebrate Indigenous values.
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.
Timed to align with San Francisco’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration, we invite all indigenous canoes to join us for a paddle around Alcatraz.
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.
Teach children about climate, water and environmental stewardship. Engage youth in planning, organizing and pulling.
Arts and Culture
Celebrate California tribal protocols. Engage community in tule boat building, canoe making and more.
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.
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
All are equal in this effort.
We come in peace and prayer to heal legacies of violence and loss.
A broad range of perspectives leads to deep insights and sound decisions.
Actions are prioritized based on impact and alignment.
We are thankful for all who make this momentous event possible.
Without our relatives, allies and supporters, we would be diminished.
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
We can do this.
OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE
Put them first.
No one of us will ever be greater than all of us together.
Our words and histories are powerful, and they guide us to a better future.
Whats Going On
Julian Brave NoiseCat (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Manny Lieras (email@example.com) 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.
Ed Archie NoiseCat
Julian Brave NoiseCat
Activist, journalist and puller