1st Journey Tips

FIRST-TIMER?  Don’t worry, you will learn as you go.

Remember …
It is a JOURNEY …
A Cultural, Spiritual, and Personal journey.  We learn, change, and grow in the process.

We stretch beyond the boundaries and limitations that we, and others have set for us, as we rise above the “circumstances” to meet the needs and expectations of the journey.


Things everyone can do to promote a positive journey experience:

* Be kind and considerate.

* Keep a good attitude.

* Smiling is good. It improves everyone’s looks, and outlook.

* Be thankful. Show appreciation to Host, Crewmates, and Others.

* Show respect. Courtesy and respect are always appropriate.

* Help make sure that Elders, little children, and Special-Needs folks are cared for. 

1. Do they need food or beverage?
2. Are they warm enough? Or too warm?
3. Do they need shelter from rain or sun, or a drink of water to cool off?
4. Do they need to find a restroom? Or need help getting there – quick?
5. Are other people crowding in front of them so they can’t see the event?
6. Are they being pushed aside and unable to get where they need to?
7. At meal time, has someone served them?

* Be a “team player”. Being thoughtful and working together makes a better experience for everyone, including yourself.  

* If you see that someone needs help… take the initiative to help them. Or if you can’t, find someone who can.  

* Take care of yourself too. If you are always too tired, or too hungry, or too busy, you cannot contribute to the good of the journey (for yourself or others).  

Copyright – Sue Charles 2003, 2008


10 Responses

  1. HAHAHA honestly if everyone did all these tips, they wouldnt be able to witness the journey in general and the eveyday walk of spirituality of this journey.
    give me the website, and i could send the message your pretty much tryna get to everyone and more….. and must i point out, this aint a diss or disrespect. 🙂

    • These tips are used as guidelines for building canoe families. Many of us are on healing journeys and appreciate codes of conduct and are at various stages of our journeys. Respect for self and others and “mother earth” is essential in building communities.

  2. my name is Celia im from Penticton, BC and im a canoe puller i train all year round and im also a boxer, im looking for a canoe family to pull with this tribals, ive attended other canoe journeys such as pulling together on the westcoast and ive even pulled in Orkney, Scotland.
    if you need more information.
    or if your intrested in having me join your canoe family! email me at.


    thank you!

    ” the water is bringing our people together ! ‘

  3. Opps I put some of your stuff on my page,,,, copyright by you,,, but I included that as well………..

  4. Thanks Nan, for the good words about the site. We hope it serves as a venue for information. Yes, the yellow and black canoe – currently featured on the site header – is a Northern canoe with a Coast Salish canoe in background. I normally switch out the photos each year, but not till after the journey, so the visual remains constant and recognizable during the highest visitor traffic time closest to the current journey. So… it’s time to put a new photo. Thanks again for your good comment and input.

  5. I love your site, the information is organized so well and great for classroom students! Thank you. What would make it even better to reflect the cultures of the Coast Salish Peoples and Westcoast Peoples would be changing your beginning photo of a Central Northwest Coast canoe, white with northern designs to a canoe that reflects the areas where most people are from Coast Salish and Westcoast.
    Thank you!! Nan

  6. Not sure how much of the time, but at least the Elwha portion. See you at Elwha.

  7. Sue Charles,
    will you be on the 2008 journey. I have something of yours from along time ago. I would like to return it.
    thanks Tuthsullee

  8. You’re welcome Lorraine. They are basic ideas for thoughtfulness that are worth repeating, and practicing. 🙂

  9. Thanks Sue,

    I just read what you wrote about elders, youngsters, and special needs. Great reminders!

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