Pulling Together canoe journeys were based on a 1997 Canoe Journey named Vision Quest. Their recovery house has just opened a new facility in Chilliwack, here is the story (Global news) and the link for their society- Vision Quest Recovery Society
Global News Video *click here*
Several Pulling Together Canoe Family participants were on hand for the Opening of this the new facility.
Our President Jolene Andrew, has provided her recollection of this important day for both Vision Quest and Pulling Together Canoe Society.
September 15, 2013 Grand Opening of Vision Quest “The Creek” a rehabilitation facility that has 100 beds, re-opened it’s doors after triumphantly succeeding in continued belief in the good work started with the Vision Quest Canoe Journey in 1997. Vision Quest was initiated and founded in the same roots of The Pulling Together Canoe Society and our work in reconciliation.
Arriving at the Chilliwack River region for the Grand Opening of Vision Quest at the base of the mountains I was able to witness the beauty and serenity that motivated the choice of this venue to support the hearts, minds, and spirits of those that go there.
Welcomed by Vision Quest and Pulling Together alumni, retired Staff Sergeant of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ed Hill was in his glory reminiscing and catching up with the original team that helped execute that first vision of bringing First Nations and police together to acknowledge past injustices. It was courageous first steps made by those first outsiders, who entered into a realm where hope, anger, love, sadness, resiliency and reality divide people.
I know we all thank Ed Hill, and his tireless efforts to remind us where Pulling Together began. It was great to see it come full circle when they blanketed John Grant and Ed Hill recognizing their vision and dedication to a better future. We raise our hands to you Ed and John for your courageous love. Below is an excerpt from yours truly Ed Hill.
Pulling Together Canoe Society
Many of you recall that this year’s journey a small, but very efficient team (Frames Film Project) of film students/instructor participated, filmed and documented this year’s journey. The crew was invited by our PTCS board, thank you to Jolene our President for making those arrangements. The video/pictures obtained is currently being catalogue, reviewed and considered for several future projects to tell the story in various areas for Pulling Together Canoe Journey’s and future projects.
There will be a possibility for release of some photos/video in the future for various canoe families, but since this film was captured through a relationship with the PTCS and the film group, all releases will need to be formalized through our PTCS.
Any release will not occur until mid September. For any picture /video requests we ask that a representative of canoe families send an email (Subject Line) Frames Picture or Video Requests be sent to our email address email@example.com for future review and later in September we can advise on your request.
Your requests will be considered, once we have the ability speak to the film group.
In the meantime, we will continue to share links and photos from various sources. If you are an amateur/professional/ or just a shutterbug, and want to share your photos, please send the link (to your flicker/google,website, blog) via comments below or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put your link on our website for all to share.
As more pics and videos become available, links ect will be provided. This link is a great youtube photo montage posted by Colleen Hook.
**We love Kamloops blog has some great shots from the shore. PT 2013 brought many to watch as we traveled.
A grand ending to Pulling Together 2013. A vision fulfilled. Hundreds of paddlers entered the Kamloopa PowWow at the invitation of Chief Shane Gottfriedson. An incredible journey filled with thousands of stories. Friendships and connections made. And soon more pics will follow.
Thanks to all volunteers, ground crew, planners, sponsors, paddlers, youth, safety crew and law enforcement agencies and Public Service. Together we made another successful year of Pulling Together.
A significant windstorm challenged PT, but a lot of teamwork saved the tents and cleaned up late last night.
A bit of rain and perseverance of an amazing kitchen crew ensured the fleet was fed for our last day to Kamloops.
On a lunch break.
Morning break at Chase BC. After acknowledging Adams Lake Band across the lake.
Lunch break , RCMP support vessel and Chilliwack/Mission canoe