Photo: Grand River Conservation Authority
Grand River Water Walk
September 17-23, 2023
The Grand River Water Walk is based on the teachings of Josephine-Baa Mandamin, who walked around all of the Great Lakes and along the St. Lawrence River before passing into the spirit world in 2019. With a copper pail of water in one hand and an eagle staff in another, she brought worldwide recognition to the value of water. Her legacy continues to guide us. We walk to honour Nibi (water), we speak, sing, and pray to her spirit, and we offer petitions for healthy rivers, lakes, and oceans for future generations.
Join us for the Opening Ceremony at the river's headwaters. Sunday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 a.m. — see Google Maps for location.
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Follow the Walk
The 2023 Grand River Water Walk will begin at her source waters in Dundalk, Ontario on September 17th and continue to where the river empties into Lake Erie. People from all Nations are welcome to join us each day to walk, sing and pray for Nibi (the water).
Please review our walk protocols ahead of time. Once you arrive, report to the Grandmother Van to smudge, offer tobacco and receive further instructions. You will need to bring your own snacks, drinking water and lunch.
Our walk begins each morning before 5:00 a.m. All nations are welcome to join us for this opening ceremony or along the route later that day. The Scout will be posting each day's route on Facebook. However, the best way to find the walk once it's in progress is to follow along on Spot GPS. The walkers' location will be updated every 10 minutes.
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