It’s a more than quarter-century old tradition where indigenous tribes across the area come together and paddle for days, stopping on different land along the way to greet various tribes.
The last leg of the Canoe Journey is Saturday where indigenous paddlers will be welcomed by the Puyallup Tribe.
“One of the wonderful things about canoe journey you call out for help and people run to help you,” said Don Swvanvick from the Namgis Tribe. “That’s good for us, that’s good for our character, that’s good for our soul. That’s good for our being.”
As Charlie Tom from the Tsartlip Tribe describes it.
“Canoe Journey is family.”
On Friday, many people arrived at Dash Point.
“There’s a healing aspect to it. There’s a growing aspect to it. There’s a learning to push yourself when you think you’re tired,” said Swvanvick.
At 16-year-old Kiana Henry said this journey reinforces the importance of tradition of history.
“I feel like what brought me out here is my passion for pulling because I love it so much. And when I look at that water, it makes me want to do it every more, “ she said. “Your language is what makes you who you are. Make sure that people know where you come from and who you come from.”