Season Greetings from the PTCS Board members


As we move into a new year, it is always good to look back and reflect on 2016.  The Pulling Together Canoe Journey 2016, brought us to beautiful territories and a unique journey that will be remembered for years to come.  Take a moment to remember those times and reach out to a friend that you spent time with during that journey.

A special thanks to all of the Host communities: In-SHUCK-ch Nations – Lil’wat, Samahquam, Skatin, Xa’xtsa, and Sts’ailes for being a part of making 2016 a incredible PT canoe journey.

We have received updated information that the PTCJ 2017 is starting its planning and we know that it will be an incredible journey. We will provide updates as they become available.

The PTCS board members wish all the best to our partners, First Nation Communities  and Public Service agencies during this holiday season.

Happy Holidays,

The Pulling Together Canoe Society Board members

Rhiannon Bennett, President.


Pulling Together Canoe Journey 2015

The final circle concluded early into the morning, ending a memorable journey for so many.  This year provided some different challenges for our Pulling Together Canoe families, including heat and smoke.  This year’s Planning Committee and their Safety Team, managed to make changes to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

There has been a flickr group for those of you that want to share your pictures.  Click here for Flickr Account

Additionally we have our Facebook Pulling Together Canoe group Click here for Facebook Group

We wish all of those you travelling home a safe journey.  And agreed that the end came too quickly, but our PTCS has already begun the work with our next year’s Planning Committee.

Thanks to all who make this happen, 2015 Pulling Together Canoe Planning Committee, CN Rail, Semiahmoo First Nation, and Surrey RCMP.  More acknowledgements and thank you’s will be made in the coming few days.

Pulling Together Canoe Society

**Pulling Together Canoe Journey 2016 **

5 NATIONS –  Lil’wat, Samahquam, Skatin, Xa’xtsa, and Sts’ailes hosting

Pulling Together Canoe Journey 2016

“Journey Back to the Future”

The Planning chairs and the Pulling Together Canoe Society (PTCS) announce that planning is underway for the 16th Annual Pulling Together Canoe Journey!

The journey will start with a send-off in Mount Currie and end with celebrations in Mission, touching the traditional territories of the Lil’wat, Samahquam, Skatin, Xa’xtsa, and Sts’ailes, traveling along Lillooet and Harrison Lakes to the Fraser River.

It will follow the original Harrison-Lillooet Gold Rush Trail, with stops in each of the host communities along the way and at historic Port Douglas. Closing festivities will be at the site of the former St Mary’s Indian Residential School.

The host nations’ youth accounts of leadership, friendship and cultural pride witnessed in past journeys, inspired In-SHUCK-ch Nation to coordinate with the 5 Nations to host the 2016 event.

The annual canoe journey brings together first nations and public service agencies with upwards of 25 canoes traveling on traditional waterways.  The hundreds of paddlers, crew and ground support will be an active display of unity, respect and relationship building.

Planning chairs Gerard (Eppa) Peters and (Lilylot) Kerry Lumsden, will coordinate the protocols and permissions that are needed to travel, to be welcomed and to visit the territories and communities of the Lil’wat, Samahquam, Skatin, Xa’xtsa and Sts’ailes First Nations.

Planning leads will bring together stakeholders and partners, all committed to a common vision of renewed relationships. Work begins now where planninand preparations will establish solid partnerships needed among the communities and agencies, bringing elders, youth, communities and neighboring municipalities closer together.

The planning committee will now begin to organize volunteers needed for the overall journey, and for work within the communities.

Hosting the 2016 Pulling Together Canoe Journey will require fundraising, for the journey expenses and for the communities’ celebrations. The planning chairs will also be seeking sponsorship from industry and governments and private donors.

The 5 Nations who have joined together to host the 2016 Pulling Together Canoe Journey welcome your active participation and support.

Inquiries may be directed to the Pulling Together email or by calling the planning chair Kerry Lumsden at (604) 820-6873