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Salish Sea Sentinel | December 4, 2023

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Snuneymuxw to host Tribal Canoe Journeys in 2020

Snuneymuxw to host Tribal Canoe Journeys in 2020

Above: Tribal Journeys wrapped up at Lummi Nation in 2019. Photo by Todd Peacey. 

Snuneymuxw will host Tribal Canoe Journeys in 2020, as hundreds of paddlers from near and far are expected to make their final stop at the nation.  

The nation has announced it’s working with community partners to plan for the event, scheduled to take place from July 27 to August 1. 

Leaders from the City of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island University, School District 68 and more have all stated they will support to help make the event a success. 

It will be the first time in 30 years that Snuneymuxw will host Tribal Journeys, according to the nation.  

“We are excited to welcome all of our guests from around the world in July and proud to share our traditional territory in partnership with local stakeholders,” said Kate Good, who was acting chief at the time of the announcement. 

The annual canoe journey began in 1989 and is a way for nations to engage in culture, heal and connect with one another.  

When the canoe families land in Snuneymuxw, they will participate in a week-long protocol ceremony in the longhouse. 

This year’s theme is “Honouring the Salmon; Honouring Our Ancestors.” Last year, the event wrapped up in Lummi Nation with the theme “Sqweshenet Tse Schelangen (Honouring Our Way of Life).” 

“Nanaimo is set to welcome more than 100 canoes, hundreds of paddlers and their road crews, and thousands of other visitors to experience the bounty the city has to offer,” a release from Snuneymuxw states. 

“Everyone is welcome to attend and witness the six days of Indigenous ceremony and celebration.” 

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