Canada's First Peoples have always revered the Great Lakes as a sacred gift. Every culture joining the Canadian mosaic since has a deep connection to water – something that’s been forgotten in the busyness of modern life. Cut off from our lakes and rivers, we need to renew this bond. YOU ARE INVITED on September 24 to an Indigenous-led water walk along Toronto's waterfront, to remember and care for the water.

The Great Lakes Water Walk is an Indigenous-led, free, public event taking place on Sunday, September 24, 2017 along the Toronto waterfront with a concluding ceremony at Marilyn Bell Park. For the love of water, come join us!  #BecauseOfWater

Early on September 24, 2017, Indigenous water walkers will lead a diverse group of people from Toronto and beyond on the Great Lakes Water Walk, as a way of raising awareness of the water we all depend on, bringing healing, and uniting cultures. 

Indigenous elders will meet large groups of people at the mouths of the Credit and Rouge Rivers for a blessing of those historic watersheds. The two groups will then traverse Toronto’s Lake Ontario waterfront, joining finally at Marilyn Bell Park, just west of Ontario Place. 

Here, the elders will lead a blessing of the Great Lakes with the Chiefs of the two traditional territories crossed by the journey. The leaders of the Greater Toronto cultural and faith traditions, governments, businesses, youth, working people and voluntary associations will also come together as a tangible expression of reconciliation found in the common source of the Great Lakes waters.

The Great Lakes Water Walk is a part of The Greatness Project initiated by the Lt. Governor of Ontario and implemented by a coalition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners, led by the water walkers of Nibi Emosadaamajig in partnership with Ecologos. The event takes the first steps in establishing a national Walk for the Water Day.

In two groups, participants will walk east from the mouth of the Credit to the Humber, and west from the mouth of the Rouge to the Don. Then they will meet at Marilyn Bell Park (near Ontario Place) for a blessing of the water that sustains us.

In two groups, participants will walk east from the mouth of the Credit to the Humber, and west from the mouth of the Rouge to the Don. Then they will meet at Marilyn Bell Park (near Ontario Place) for a blessing of the water that sustains us.

The Great Lakes Water Walk is a first step toward an annual National Day of Walking for the Water. It marks a new beginning of right relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people for Canada’s next 150 years.
This image of Toronto's waterfront taken by one of the city's newest residents, Sidra Al-Haj Ali, through the JAYU Human Rights Festival's iAM project.

This image of Toronto's waterfront taken by one of the city's newest residents, Sidra Al-Haj Ali, through the JAYU Human Rights Festival's iAM project.