While the 2020 tribal journey has been cancelled, plans for the 2021 tribal journey hosted by Tla’amin Nation are still being made.
A media release from Tla’amin indicated the nation is excited to host the tribal journey next year.
The tribal journey is an annual event which sees indigenous people from BC and Washington State embarking on a journey in traditional canoes. Snuneymuxw First Nation was to be the final stop of the journey this year, landing in the Nanaimo area from July 27 to August 1.
“Like many of you, we recently learned that tribal journeys 2020 paddle to Snuneymuxw had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the release stated. “Tla’amin Nation stands together with our Snuneymuxw relatives as we work to keep our families and communities safe. We look forward to hearing the plans for a future paddle to Snuneymuxw.”
The release stated that understandably, there is an air of uncertainty and a longing to reconnect with one another.
“So, although we will not gather this year, we hope you take solace in knowing that planning for tribal journeys 2021 paddle to Tla’amin continues,” the release stated. “We look forward to sharing details in the coming months with each of you as conditions permit.”
A website called paddletotlaamin.com has been set up, although details have yet to be posted.