Tla’amin Nation unable to welcome canoes this coming summer

Tribal Journeys 2021 postponed due to COVID-19

Tla’amin Nation is indefinitely postponing the Tribal Journeys 2021 Paddle to Tla’amin.

In a media release, hegus John Hackett stated the past few months have been difficult, coping with the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 health crisis.

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“The unpredictable nature of the pandemic brings tremendous uncertainty and Tribal Journeys 2021 Paddle to Tla’amin has not been immune to its impacts,” stated Hackett.

He stated that at a meeting of the executive council on October 30, a decision was made to indefinitely postpone the event.

“We do not believe, in good faith, we can ensure the safety and well-being of the participants, volunteers, spectators and staff,” stated Hackett. “So, for these reasons, we will be unable to welcome canoes this summer as planned.

“We recognize the tremendous impact of our decision and understand there will be great disappointment at the postponement of the event. We hope, however, you can appreciate that we have taken these actions out of an abundance of care and caution.”

Hackett said Tla’amin Nation looks forward to welcoming participants to its territory at a future time and it will be putting its name on the host list for a future date to be determined.

“On behalf of the Tla’amin peoples, we wish you and your community good health in these days ahead,” stated Hackett, “and look forward to when we can safely gather again.”

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