The Pulling Together Canoe Journey: How Can You Help?
The Pulling Together journey, July 2-11 2016, 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 the 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 Pulling Together Canoe Society is always looking for help and support to make these events as affordable for everyone as possible.
Here are a couple of ways you could get involved:
Sponsor a First Nation youth.
Entry to the event is $200 person. This covers all meals and logistics for the 9 days of the event.
The Journey seeks to help as many young people to participate as possible. UNfortuantely, many families do not have the means to pay this fee. Your help will ensure that the event is possible for these people.
Sponsor a Meal.
It costs a lot of money to power a paddle – to feed 200 people, 3 meals a day for 9 days.
$750 will provide a breakfast or a lunch for one day for the entire crew of paddlers.
$1250 will buy dinner for one day.
For more information, connect with d’Artagnan Newton, a staff consultant with the Xa’xtsa First nation, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via 604 992 3150.