Dear Membership and friends, have you or your canoe family ever wondered what it took to pick next year’s journey? Feeling up to the task? Check out this Expression of Interest and find out exactly what it takes to get started.
This year was special for many reasons. And once the Planning Committee and Society Board have caught up on their sleep there will be an overall review and history of this years journey uploaded.
As for now a thank you to our host First Nations, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh. The planning committee members Jeff Wood, Rod Tulett, Rob Longley, Wes Nahanee, Emanuela Sheena and Alroy Baker who’s tireless work this year can not be thanked enough.
As we look to the future. We ask that you share your pictures. Share your stories and remember your times on this years journey.
See below a few of the links for media stories about this years event Gatheting of Canoes.
For July 14th Pulling Together Canoe Journey – Gathering of the Canoes landing in Vancouver (advertised as Vanier Park) but in front of Vancouver Maritime Museum. Canoes are expected at 1100 hours.
**please note below**
Elders and officials will be able to assemble and await for Canoe arrival in the Vancouvet Maritime Museum TeeKay gallery – chairs and refreshments will be available for them.
Lunch for the paddlers will be served from the VMM – Children’s area (you will see 3 portable cell towers just outside the Children’s area). Entry via the back of the VMM Children’s area and exit out the front to enjoy your meal outside. Staff will direct.
Address for VMM is 1905 Ogden Ave.
Parking is very limited and mostly for organizers and VIP. Police will be directing. Public parking is available at the Museum of Vancouver site at 1100 Chestnut street.
General public access food trucks will be set up in the VMM parking lot.
Middle finger Heritage dock is available for support vessels to use. No dock codes or locks to worry about.
Free admission to the VMM for the day.
As per the Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum
It’s day four and as is the norm for a Pulling Together Canoe Journey. There has been unexpected challenges that have resulted in amazing conclusions. Day 3 was to be on the water from Sechelt Nation to Gibsons. The winds and water had a different plan. After portaging our canoes and landing in Gibsons for our protocol. The Pulling Together Canoe Family was invited back to the Sechelt big house. After a meal, songs, and cultural sharing the day ended with amazing stories of our visit to the Sechelt Nation.
Day 4 our first real pull was from Gibsons to Camp Potlatch. A beautiful start on the ocean. The canoe families travelled well together. We are now spending some downtime one in a picture perfect and sacred place. If you want to see the pictures and daily progress this years journey. Check out the Pulling Together Canoe Society Facebook groups. Our Twitter and Instagram feeds are to the right. Questions about this years journey. Please email the society at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rhiannon Bennett @ +1 (778) 881-1542. Keep in mind. Over next two days we are limited in our cell service.
Many of you know Rod Tulett from Royal Canadian Navy (not Navy Rob-but becoming as well known!) Especially those involved in the planning of this years journey. Well he was not aware that he was a writer. The canoe journeys touch many and the word is spreading.
Article is on second page.