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Canoe Journey 2019
Canoe Journey to Alcatraz on Indigenous Peoples’ Day
In autumn of 2019, canoes representing tribes, communities and families the world over are hoping to converge on San Francisco Bay to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz and stand in solidarity for peace, prayer, the water, the land, the air, future generations, Indigenous values, inclusion and a diverse humanity.
Timed to align with San Francisco’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration, we invite all indigenous canoes to join us for a paddle around Alcatraz.
Multiple Indigenous communities have committed to participate with their traditional canoes, and we have secured campgrounds and discounted hotel rooms to host them.
· We have been granted permits from the National Park Service, the US Coast Guard and (imminently) the city of San Francisco.
· Dozens of Bay Area residents—from youth to elders—have learned how to paddle, returning Indigenous peoples to the Bay’s waters, again.
· A group of urban Indigenous youth have built their own cedar canoe—by hand.
· We have gathered wild tule from Bay Area waterways, and we have initiated two separate tule canoe-building projects.
· We are presenting a four-part speaker series co-hosted by SFMOMA, the Exploratorium, California Historical Society, SF Public Library and the Presidio to expand the educational reach of the Canoe Journey. We will be talking about:
1. The 1969 occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of All of Tribes
2. The growing Indigenous environmental movement
3. The resurgence of Indigenous canoe traditions
4. The First Peoples of the Bay Area
If you are interested in supporting this remarkable project and are able to give, please know that 100% your donation will fund the expenses of Journey itself. We are a low-overhead, all volunteer team.
There are two ways to make a tax-deductible contribution. Here’s how:
– Donate online: Go to our GoFundMe page.
– Write a check: Make the check out to our non-profit fiscal sponsor, MarinLink, and write “Alcatraz Canoe Journey” in the memo line. Then mail your check to:
5800 Northgate Mall, Suite 250
San Rafael, CA 94903
Contact: Julian Brave NoiseCat
Alcatraz Canoe Journey is a fiscally sponsored project of MarinLink, a California non profit corporation exempt from federal tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service #20-0879422.
Finally, whether you decide to donate or not, please join us at Aquatic Park in San Francisco on Monday, October 14th from dawn until 1:00 pm to witness tribal canoes braving the waters of San Francisco Bay, to commemorate the Indigenous rights movement, and to envision a more inclusive future, together.
700-898 Beach St 94109