Lummi will be hosting the intertribal Canoe Journey to celebrate and revisit the ancestral waterways indigenous peoples traveled for generations from July 24-28. Canoe families from Oregon, Washington’s Coastal Regions, British Columbia, and beyond are currently on the water paddling to their final destination, the Lummi Nation.
“The Lummi Nation and Council would like to welcome all of our guests to the 2019 Paddle to Lummi. The intertribal canoe journey is our way of celebrating who we are as people of the Salish Sea, our people traveled these waters since time immemorial,” said Jeremiah Julius, Chairman of the Lummi Nation. “It’s an honor to host this celebration and we look forward to seeing everyone here as we welcome our families and guests to our shores.”
Lummi is expecting as many as 10,000 people and 100 canoes in and around Hales Passage on July 24, 2019.
“The Lummi Nation is honored to host the 2019 Canoe Journey, Sqweshenet Tse Schelangen: Honoring Our Way of Life,” said Celina Phair, Treasurer of Lummi Nation and Paddle to Lummi Committee member. “We would like to invite the community to join us, share a meal, visit our vendors, and experience this event. And we ask that everyone be patient with the high volume of traffic we are expecting and to utilize our shuttle services and public transportation.”
Event details and information:
- The canoes will be arriving at the Stommish Grounds on the Lummi reservation at approximately 12:00 pm, Wednesday, July 24. Shortly after the landing, the Lummi Nation will host dinner and protocol at the Wex’liem building at 2100 Blackhawk Way, Bellingham, Washington.
- There will be a media station located at the Stommish Hall at 2295 Lummi Hall Drive, Bellingham. The committee is asking all media outlets to check in before any pictures or recordings are taken at the event.
- The limited parking in and around the Stommish grounds will be reserved for paddlers and elders. The committee has designated parking areas throughout the Lummi reservation to accommodate all visitors, spectators, and guests. The following parking areas will have regularly scheduled shuttle service to and from the Stommish grounds. These are located at:
- Silver Reef Casino – South lot
- Near Smokey’s Firework Stand on the corner of Ferndale Road. and Slater Road
- Northwest Indian College: Lummi Library and Coast Salish Institute
- RV Parking: Eagle Haven on the corner of Haxton Way and Smokehouse Road
- Boat Trailer Parking: the corner of Haxton Way and Cagey Road