Pulling Together Canoe Journey 2022

The Pulling Together Canoe Society is happy to advise that the 2022 Pulling Together Planning Committee has been meeting to plan for a journey this year.

Of course the caveat is on the COVID restrictions that may impact the ability to meet, but the hope is we can have a more typical journey this year. Currently dates are being considered and once they are known they will be posted. It does appear it will be in the month of July.

Additionally the Pulling Together Canoe Society is planning to post an AGM date once we see some better news with pandemic and the current restrictions. We know that many people are impacted personally and professionally with COVID and we want to include as many Society members for upcoming elections and news about this years journey.

Take care of each other and let’s hope that this will be the year for paddles up for all canoe families.

Pulling Together Board members


September 30

The Pulling Together Canoe Society (PTCS) Board members Linda Blake, Howard Tran, Emanuela Sheena, Rob Longley, Rod Tulett, Verna Kate Smith, Derek James, Gordon Stokes, Tyler Urquhart, Nicole Braithwaite, Nate Frank-Piché, support Orange Shirt Day September 30 as a day set apart for all of us to pause & acknowledge the tremendous harms suffered by Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island at the hands of settlers. We also recognize that the harms continue today & the traumas of the past still haunt survivors & their families.

We want to acknowledge each other as worthy humans, to learn, understand and move forward together in a good way. We thank you for participating in our Canoe Journeys over the past 20 years and hope to see you on the waters again soon. There is still much work to be done.

We agreed to make a donation on behalf of all PTCS members to The Indian Residential School Survivors Society. We have also listed some local Lower Mainland events on September 30, where many of your Board Members will be participating.

Local events:
-9:30 am West Vancouver Ambleside at the Welcome Totem Pole
-9:00 am Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre 9:45 Walk to Grandview Park
-2:15 pm North Vancouver RCMP Station walk to St Thomas Aquinas School

Our canoes, our waters, our people Pulling Together to heal and move forward together in a good way. Not just today, but everyday.

Your Pulling Together Canoe Society Board members.

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.