Every Child Matters.

As members of the PTC family the PTCS board members, wish to say,

Linda Blake

Howard Tran

Verna Kate Smith

Emanuela Sheena

Gordon Stokes

Derek James

Tyler Urquhart

Robert Longley

Rod Tulett

Nicole Braithwaite

Words can not express the emotions felt by all of us, over the news coming from the Tk’emlups and Secwepemc First Nations. We also recognize that this tragedy will have a significant impact for so many canoe families and the numerous First Nations communities that Pulling Together has been welcomed into, over the past 20 years. It is not clear how we can help in the coming days weeks and years, but as of today the PT board members want to assist in an appropriate and helpful way.

We have seen a variety of helpful posts for resources and we will post in our Official Facebook group.

The PTCJ 2021 is hosted by the Secwepemc FIrst Nations and we are and will continue to be in contact with them over next weeks and will advise of any impact this may have on this years Virtual Journey. At this time the PTCJ 2021 (Virtual) with individual canoe families finding ways to participate safely is expected to be hosted and implemented by Secwepemc FN. We ask for patience over next month, so they can have time and space to take care of themselves and their loved ones.

Pulling Together Canoe Journey 2021 Update

The PTCS has received an update from the Pulling Together Canoe Journey planning committee on this years event. The PTCS would like to thank the Planning committee and the communities who continue to support and plan a 2021 PTCJ event. See below the communication from the Planning Committee.

PTCS President. L Blake


February 27, 2021
Dear Canoe Families, At the last Pulling Together Journey planning meeting, the committee discussed the fact that we may not be able to host the journey like we normally do. All of the host communities and journey partners are still operating under some form of Covid-19 restriction with no indication of when these will be lifted. There is also no indication if a vaccine will be widely distributed as there seems to be an ongoing shortage issue. However, we still believe that we should do our best to plan something for the 2021 journey. We feel it is important that we do our best to take time to get out on the water together. At this time, we are planning to host a virtual journey July 16-19 with an agenda as follows:

  • July 16 – Opening Ceremony on Zoom for host communities and canoe families can offer up songs and prayers
  • July 17 – Water Ceremony where we all go to the water in our respective areas to offer up songs and prayers before going out on the water
  • July 18 – Day 2 on the water
  • July 19 – Closing Ceremony on Zoom for host communities and canoe families to share videos and photos from their time on the water

We understand the time, effort, and planning it takes to attend a journey. The planning committee would like to express our gratitude for your patience as we do our best to plan a journey that will keep everyone safe and healthy.

In friendship,

The Planning Committee

PTCJ 2020 update

Hello Canoe Families,

The PTCS Board of Directors has continued to consult and communicate with the Planning Committee regarding the 2020 PT Canoe Journey.   We recognize the challenging times and the difficult decision regarding this years journey, but appreciate the commitment of the communities and the Planning Committee to continue the planning for the future.
See below message that they asked us to share with all the canoes families
Pulling Together Canoe Society
Linda Blake
Howard Tran
Emanuela Sheena
Verna Kate Smith
Rob Longley
Rod Tulett
Derek James
Justice Jacinto
Tyler Urquhart
Nicole Braithwaite
Gord Stokes

PTCJ 2019 in the history books and **upcoming August 3rd 2019- Welcome “The Maiden” PTCS special event.

Tla’amin First Nation, how can we thank you for your incredible communities warmth and hospitality. From the most incredible view for our tent city, to the meals made with love, to the warm houses opened to us, the Pulling Together Canoe families were blessed and cared for. We thank all the planning committee members, Drew Blaney and his helpers, Constable Chis Bakker from Powell River RCMP (Indigenous Police Services), PTCS board members, Emanuela Sheena, VPD Constable Gord Stokes, West Vancouver PD Constable Jeff Wood, and “Navy Rob” PO1 Longley ( Naval Reserve- HMCS Discovery). The kitchen staff, janitorial and other community helpers were our unsung hero’s, as this was one location, one community that supported our 300 participants for 10 days.

We had some firsts for 2019, Royal Canadian Navy has a Canoe! A wonderful blessing for their crew and awakening for its first year.

Our PTCS trailer has decals, featuring some past journeys, including a photo of Lester Picker, an award winning photographer with publications that include National Geographic, Time, Forbes, and awarded Best Travel Photographer in 2011. http://www.lesterpickerphoto.com. thanks Lester for this incredible photograph from our PTCJ 2011 in the Okanagan.

Vancouver Police Museum and Heart of the City Festival representatives were on journey, to connect and begin archiving the stories of Pulling Together Canoe Journeys, to be featured in 2020 celebrating our 20th year of Pulling Together Canoe Journeys, at the festival (Oct 2019) and in the Vancouver Police Museum (TBD 2020).



Along with our long time Corporate sponsor CN Rail, the PTCS also have been supported this year by the generous support of Seaspan and Stantec.



The PTCS thanks our corporate partners, for their support, but also appreciate their employees for “pulling in our canoes”.

We also had a PTCS communications specialist team, Kelly Sinoski and Chris Keam, from Archer Media Services. The work of Kelly resulted in numerous print, radio and news articles throughout BC about our journey, featuring many of our Canoe families.

New Articles

Williams Lake: https://www.wltribune.com/community/pulling-together-brings-police-departments-and-first-nations-communities-on-board/

Vancouver Sun: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/more-than-300-paddlers-take-journey-of-healing-and-reconciliation

Maple Ridge News: https://www.mapleridgenews.com/community/katzie-paddled-together-in-honour-of-a-fallen-family-member/

Pulling Together Canoe Families, welcome “The Maiden” Sailboat August 3rd, 2019.

Aug 3rd, 2019. Lonsdale, St Roch Pier, North Vancouver, Pulling Together Canoe families, including Vancouver Police Department, West Vancouver Police Department, Squamish Canoe Family, Royal Canadian Navy, Collingwood Neighbourhood House and possibly a couple more canoes will escort a special sailboat “The Maiden” into Vancouver. A welcoming protocol and lunch will be a part of the event. Canoes will launch from HMCS Discovery at 1200 Stanley Park at 1000 hours. Canoes and pullers are required to arrive for 0800 hours at Discovery, PTCS representative will be at the gate to assist in entry * please bring ID. Canoes should be returning to HMSC Discovery at approx 1530 hours (3 30 pm).

The Maiden Factor Story
The legend of Maiden begins with a Tracy Edwards, a 23-year old school drop-out with a dream; a dream to skipper the first all-female crew in the world’s toughest ocean challenge, the Whitbread Round the World Race.
It was the vision, values and courage of one man, HM King Hussein I or Jordan who brought in a sponsor and made the story of Maiden possible.
At 1100hrs on 2nd September 1989 Maiden squared up on the start line of the Whitbread and as the gun shot resounded around the Solent, she set off amongst the 22-strong fleet and sailed into the history books. A gruelling 9 months lay ahead and it soon became clear that Maiden was going to be a force to be reckoned with and the team to beat.

They won two of the hardest legs and came second overall in their class; the best result for a British boat since 1977 and unbeaten to this day.

Fast forward to 2019….


With the generous support of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, King Hussein’s daughter, in April 2017 Maiden was shipped to Southampton and began an extensive refit and The Maiden Factor project was born.
Maiden inspired a generation and how she has a new mission; to raise awareness and funding for charities running programmes that will enable girls to get an education. 130 million girls around the world are currently denied an education; studies show that given 12 years of education and girls can change their futures, their communities and the world. Maiden will leave from the Southampton Boat Show in September on her three-year world tour, once again ‘making waves’.

Pulling Together Canoe Journey 2019 begins soon!

The Pulling Together Planning Committee and the Pulling Together Canoe Society are ramping up final details for our 2019 Pulling Together Canoe Journey for July 4-11,  2019 in the beautiful communities of Powell River and Themistocles nation Tla’amin Nation.

Any further questions. Please email Emanuela Sheena at Emanuela921@gmail.com

Pulling Together Canoe Journey 2019

July 4th Pulling Together Canoe Familles and participants arrival day (Tla’amin First Nations)

July 5-12 Canoe Journey – Camp site based in Tla’amin Nation this year. Details on exact itinerary still being confirmed but will be published once completed

July 13 Canoe Families travel to their homes.


Other important dates.

Skippers Retreat April 26 and 27, 2019 – details have been sent to Canoe families.

“Recognizing the past by Pulling Together to enhance understanding between Public Service Agencies and Aboriginal Peoples by Canoeing the traditional highway, strengthening our future relations” 

Canoe families and those interested in the Pulling Together Canoe Journey 2019

– Individual Registrations will be sent out in next month. This year the Pulling Together Planning Committee and PTCS will require all participants, paddles, support/safety personnel, and ground crew to fully register to participate in this years journey. ****All fees, registrations and medical information documents will need to be submitted prior to start of the journey, no exceptions. Difficulty in complying with this request can be communicated to Planning Committee or PTCS and reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate. Liability is a critical area to continue these yearly journeys and our registrations, fees and medical forms provide us vital information to properly plan and keep all our participants safe. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

We ask that all of you that have Canoe Awakenings, or events (Fund Raising) to post in the Facebook Group – FB – Click here , so we can support each other and get the word out.

For any questions on the Pulling Together Canoe Journey, 2019, please email directly the ptcanoesociety@gmail.com or emanuela921@gmail.com