Background Information

What is a Water Walk?

A copper pail or vessel is filled with water and carried by Anishinaabe-kwewag (women) who bless and sing to the water. The Water Walk braid ceremony, spirit and community to bring people together to teach about the sacredness of water. With this awareness, we become informed caretakers of our waters.

Men are encouraged to walk as well, to carry the Eagle staff to help with balance.

Walkers will be accompanied at all time by a safety vehicle, but everyone is responsible for their own health and safety at all times.

This water walk is of a spiritual nature, therefore appropriate behavior is expected for all participants.

The walk is polite and peaceful, non- confrontational.

For the respect of our traditional ways, women do not participate in the walk if they are on their moon time (menstruating).

Women on their time can assist in ways other than walking, and pregnant women are invited to walk but do not need to carry the water, as they are already carrying water and bringing life forward.

Safety vehicles will be following the walkers to provide security and assistance. We will be travelling through other’s territory and must be respectful.

What to Wear

In keeping with First Nations ceremonial protocol, women are respectfully asked to wear long skirts and men to wear long pants.

Walking is expected to take place from dawn to dusk most days, rain or shine. Please wear good walking shoes and weather appropriate outerwear!

Participants may bring their drums and shakers.