PTCJ Virtual Journey 2021 opening and closing ceremonies. Postponed. Please see letter from Planning Committee.

Dear Canoe Families,
I am writing on behalf of the Pulling Together Planning Committee which currently consists of 3 Secwepemc communities: Splatsin, Simpcw and Tk’emlúps.
Due to the air quality caused by the smoke from fires in surrounding areas, we feel that it is not safe for us to be on the water. Unfortunately this means that we will be postponing the virtual journey planned for this weekend July 16-19 to a later date in September.
However, if you were planning to go out on the water this weekend and are still able to do so safely, we encourage you to do so.
Thank you for your continued patience as we continue to navigate the ongoing pandemic and current forest fire season. Once new dates for the virtual journey have been chosen we will send out another notice.
Yours in Friendship,
Rachael Bowser
On behalf of the Pulling Together Planning Committee

Pulling Together Canoe Journey 2021 Virtual version

Canoe Family Registration has been emailed to all previous canoe families that have participated in previous journeys. With a application due date of July 10th 2021. A Nominal fee for Canoe Families has been requested. Any questions on participation on this years journey, please email PTcanoesociety@gmail.com.

Although this will be a different journey than normal we do hope to bring together those that can with your own canoe families in your communities and the virtually with all of Pulling Together for the opening CP and closing events being held on Zoom.

Paddles up.

January 27, 2021- Announcement by Planning Committee

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

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

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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
    Sincerely,
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