Wednesday, July 21, 2010

5th Annual Gathering strength Canoe Journey set for Saturday

What has become a fixture on the north coast dips a paddle into the water again on Saturday as the travellers set out from Kitkatla with a destination of Laxgaltsap on July 31st.

Nine boats will take to the water as the journey begins on Saturday, offering a cross section of the  people of the north coast and one which highlights a natural environment that sometimes we take for granted.

Taking part in this years journey will be members of 70 the Nisga'a nation, the RCMP,  youth probation, Fisheries and Oceans and other community members.  A mix of young and old that straddles the cultures of the region.

In a press release issued today, the RCMP outlined its involvement in this annual tree, with four members of the RCMP City and rural detachments and members from Burns Lake, Kitimat and Prince George also participating. The RCMP Marine Section will also accompany the canoe journey as a support vessel.

Among the activities that take place along the way and upon arrival at Laxgaltsap will be traditional singing and dancing, weaving, carving and the nightly ritual of setting up a camp.

The one week journey offers an opportunity for all participants to gain a better understanding of the different aspects of each others cultures and develop relationships that can carry on once the canoe comes out of the water on the 31st.

The Terrace Standard captures the spirit of this journey quite nicely with an article posted to its website on Tuesday.

An example of the atmosphere around the journey can be found from these videos from the 2008 journey, which was archived on You Tube.


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