Tribal Canoe Journeys is a celebrated event for the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coas

Kw’umut Lelum has been part of the journey since 2009, using a canoe carved by Noel Brown and KL youth from a cedar log that was donated by Kevin Frenchie in 2008. This year, the KL canoe family paddled more than 245 kilometres on a journey that took us through Malahat Nation, Waldron Island, Lummi, Samish, Swinomish, Tulalip, Suquamish, Muckleshoot, Puyullup and finally to Nisqually in Washington state. At each stop on our route, we observed protocol, asking permission to come ashore in peace, and shared our songs and dances with other nations. At the final stop in Nisqually, we were joined by 100 other canoe families from across Vancouver Island, Coastal BC, Alaska and Washington state. The week-long protocol event in Nisqually was attended by nearly 15,000 people. Over the next few days and weeks, we will be sharing some of the personal stories from Tribal Journeys paddlers as they talk about what journey has meant to them.

Strength and Family: Tehya's Story

Peace and Healing: Trent’s Story

Learning and Culture: Tawni’s Story

Patience and Persistence: Isaac’s Story

A Chaperone’s First Paddle: Tom’s Story

Photo Credit Koda Stacona

Photo Credit Randi Thomas

Photo Credit Koda Stacona

Photo Credit Randi Thomas

Photo Credit Randi Thomas

Photo Credit Randi Thomas

Photo Credit Randi Thomas


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