Update: Support the 2015 Great Migration Water Walk

July 10, 2015

Please join us in welcoming Anishinabe Grandmother Josephine Mandamin and the amazing Water Walkers by attending our Welcoming Ceremony on traditional Algonquin Territory. Ceremonies will be lead by local and visiting Elders. Come listen to the Anishinabe Teachings firsthand. A Community Feast will follow. All are welcome!

Where: Victoria Island (100 Middle Street, Ottawa, ON)

When: Monday, July 13th, 2015, @ 9am to 4pm

11:30am – 1pm: Welcoming Remarks, Ceremony & Teachings

Feast food and donations are greatly appreciated- donations will help the Walkers tremendously as they continue on to Madeline Island, Wisconsin.

For information and to track their progress:
Below is a message from Regina Mandamin, who is Grandmother Josephine’s daughter:

“My mother Josephine Mandamin and supporting Water Walkers are currently following the original Anishinabe Migration Route from Matane, QC to Madeline Island, Wisconsin. They have a rest-stop planned for July 12-14 in Ottawa. A Welcoming Ceremony, Teachings and Feast is set for July 13th from 9am-4pm. Their website also tracks their location We are canvassing local organizations to garner your interest in offering support in Feast Food Items to ensure this Gathering’s success and provide a warm welcome for the Walkers on this momentous journey. We also welcome other forms of support (e.g. donations for hotel and gas, via the website).

Feast item ideas include:
– refreshments (juice, water, soda, etc.)
– berries
– wild rice
– corn
– soup
– bannock
– fruit
– veggies, dip
– sandwiches
– side salads (e.g. pasta salad, quinoa, greens, potato, coleslaw, chick pea)
– other items as you wish (e.g. desserts, cheese, cold cuts)
– Our team will provide serving spoons, plates, napkins, cutlery, and cups.

The feast is scheduled for 1:00pm. If you have questions or would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you will be donating food items, if you can indicate which items you will bring this will be helpful in coordinating. This will be such a beautiful demonstration of community support by our collaboration in hosting this Feast as a collective.

In closing, chi miigwetch for taking the time to review and consider our humble request. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. In the meantime, I wish you a lovely weekend!

In Unity,

Regina Mandamin


Latest update from Judith:

They are doing a Sunrise Pipe Ceremony at 8 am on Monday
They need 8 air mattresses and sleeping bags. If you have any, clearly mark your name and bring them to Kitchissippi United church this Sunday evening. 

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