Why We Walk
For thousands of years, First Peoples have held the Great Lakes as a sacred gift to be revered. In this, they are not alone. The roots of every culture that came to join the Canadian mosaic reveal an abiding connection between water and our deepest selves, a connection that should make honouring the Great Lakes obvious and essential. Sadly, this is not so. Cut off from our lakes and rivers in frenetic urban enclaves and a culture of entitlement, we have forgotten.
Its time to re-awaken our commitment to honor and protect the Great Lakes as sacred.Our Mission
The Nibi Mosewin Onji Nayaano-nibiimaang Gichigamiin – Great Lakes Water Walk, honours the traditional lands and homelands of the Huron-Wendat Nation, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and Six Nations of the Grand River. Toronto is derived from the Mohawk word Tkaronto, which refers to ‘where there are trees in the water’. The sharing of this territory was codified in the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, a treaty between the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabeg and other allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Today, Tkaronto is still home to many First Peoples from across Turtle Island. We are grateful for the opportunity to host the Great Lakes Water Walk in this territory.
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While acknowledging the truth of Indigenous resistance, resilience and resurgence during the past 150 plus years of imposed colonization, Indigenous Peoples and Canadians are walking symbolically together towards a new, collective reconciliation grounded in peace, friendship and mutual respect through the shared experience of ‘walking for the water’ in this inaugural Great Lakes Water Walk.
“Ngaa-izhichigemi onji Nibi – We do this because of Water”