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PROTOCOLS: Overall Walk

  • The Water Walk is a Ceremony

  • All are welcome

  • No dogs

  • No bikes/skateboards

  • No drugs/alcohol

  • Respect the territory you are travelling through and the protocol of the walk

  • Lay tobacco for dead animals

  • Women: wear long skirts

  • Men: wear long pants


When we are walking for water, we are in Ceremony. We will move like water, continuously each day, until we reach our destination. We carry asemaa/tobacco with us to offer to any flowing streams or rivers we cross. When we walk, this is a time for prayers or songs for the water. We do this for our water to become pure and clean and to continuously flow. We follow the Protocols to show our respect for our Grandmothers, our Mother Earth, and ourselves. Women on their Moon-time do not carry the water at this time as they are already in Ceremony.  Men carry the Eagle Feather Staff, but if there are no males in attendance, the women can carry the staff.


 Gchi’miigwech to Josephine Mandamin for leading the many Water Walks and handing down the protocols.

A Water Walk Is Not:


  • a protest, activist action, or social event.

  • about the individual, or what you can gain.

  • sitting idle, nor is it an easy journey.

  • a place to look for your next partner.

  • for boasting, social chatting, carelessly talking or gossiping.

  • for thrill seekers. It is not a competition, exercise, workout, or a game of  “I can go the distance”

  • for those that just show up at the end of the walk to be seen and say they were there.

  • a performance piece.

  • for people who like to sleep or vacation.

  • for those who have romanticized ideas about indigenous people.

  • for those who feel the need to force other cultural values onto protocols already in place.

  • NOTE:  If anyone is disruptive, disrespectful or abusive, they will be asked to leave.

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