2008 Journey

 2008 Paddle To Cowichan


Photo by Tor Parker. Copyright 2003. Used by permission.



Calendar of Daily Canoe Locations CLICK HERE.  

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July 28, 2008  Canoes Arrive at Cowichan, B.C. near Duncan, B.C. Canada. The largest-ever Tribal Journeys Canoe Voyage is set to mark the beginning of the 2008 Indigenous Games. As many as 80 to 100 traditional ocean-going canoes, from a variety of canoe cultures and nations, will make a two-week journey to Cowichan, travelling from as far north as the Alaskan border (Tlingket) and the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida) and as far south as Oregon State. Arriving into Cowichan Bay, they will be received with a traditional Coast Salish Welcome. This will begin 4 days of protocol, singing, drumming, feasting, and gift giving.

Dates: Landing day is Monday, July 28th, 2008. at Hecate Park in Cowichan Bay.
Protocol will continue until
August 1, 2008. Cowichan Tribes will give their protocol on August 3 after the Opening Ceremonies for North American Indigenous Games, which Cowichan will host.
Contact: Dawnda Nahanee, Tribal Journey Coordinator:
(250) 746 – 2008 ext 247  

July 28, 2008 Canoes Will Arrive at Cowichan, B.C. 

Quw’utsun Traditional Territory


Interested in serving as a VOLUNTEER – CLICK HERE.

2008 Paddle To Cowichan and North American Indigenous Games      

Cowichan Tribal Journey 2008


Landing Day

Monday July 28

Cowichan Bay

Mid Afternoon

Singing & Dancing

Tuesday July 29

Siem Lelum field

Full Day

Singing & Dancing

Wednesday July 30

Siem Lelum field

Full Day

Singing & Dancing

Thursday July 31

Siem Lelum field

Full Day

Singing & Dancing

Friday August 1

Siem Lelum field

Full Day

Cowichan Protocol, Sunday August 3rd
Cowichan Canoe Family will perform their protocol & giveaway August 3rd – After the Opening Ceremonies of the North American Indigenous Games

25 Responses

  1. Wish i could of went on this joureny with you guys. this year i am going for sure and i cant wait for it even though i herd that its going to be a short trip. i dont get all the info about these kind of things like you guys do because i live down here in idaho but hopful i move up there soon to get the info that i need.

  2. michael
    hey you how are things in washington?
    i am thinking of returning to seattle for a year to help my father get ready to move to moses lake.
    been thinking of you
    have a beautiful day

  3. Songhees prepared for canoes landing on July 25, 2008. Can anyone confirm how many canoes will be stopping at Songhees? We will be providing dinner for evryone. Contact 250-xxx-xxxx.

    Note by Management: The phone # is omitted here in consideration of protecting your privacy, but it was included in the email of your message sent on to those who can answer your questions.

  4. I have 2 nephews making their first trip! I wish them all the best and hope they enjoy their time on tribal journey’s. It’s important for our younger generation to renew their spirits and love their history and culture! Asa & Brent on the Chehalis tribal Canoe from WA state. I love you both!

  5. Well Mz Diva.. another year and you have done it again. Good for you Sis… few days we will all be on the water heading your way……..
    so very proud of you….. see you soon.

  6. hi donda, i like the new sched for the johnstone strait area, thanks, we are going to have fun in the bay on the 18th!! later, will

  7. Hey Dawnda…I can make it on the journey this year! I am getting really excited and look forward to seeing you, family and friends and making new friends. What I know for sure is that for me the ocean journey will be a time of reflection, healing and developing inner strength. I look forward to the celebration! Great work girl!

  8. hey everyone! only 27 more sleeps, ok, serious i haven’t had much time to check my facebook acct, most of my daily net has been on work account, sorry for not posting updates on here. there is a website where you can download the map and the stopover dates, also a link to my work addy if you have any questions, meanwhile, we have 100 canoes registered! take care all, travel safe and i’ll see ya when you get here 😉 huy ch q’u, lvbrat

  9. Hey everyone! Even though my part in the Journey is small and brief, I can’t wait to see many of you in Port Townsend!
    Breezi McQuillen

  10. alaskanarny@yahoo.com would like to pull this year any one need help contact me please thank you

  11. i would like to particapate on this years journey any local tribes need any help pulling? seattle area

  12. Hi – looking forward, but need to know the exact location stops from Campbell River down to Cowichan Bay

  13. praying that all is well for the teams families and support staff of the canoe journey can’t for the moments ahead spectacular, peace and good journeys. Lummi Nation

  14. Hey Everyone! my Crew and I are Very Excited about this Journey!
    cant wait to see everyone on the Water!

  15. Hey everyone!!! Just gettin all excited to hit our ancestors ocean road. 😀 See you all on the Journey…. Safe travels.. chuu wey

  16. Please send info regarding the landings at Squaxin Island, and Nisqually.

  17. greetings friends and family! just a quick note to let you know we are working as hard as we can to ensure your stay here in cowichan will be a great one! should you have any questions, please contact me at: dawnda.nahanee@cowichan2008.com

    meanwhile, safe travels to you all, see you soon! love n prayers, brat

  18. Dawnda
    Do we need to register? and I need to know if you know how many canoes will arrive here at Bella Bella July 11/2008 ?

  19. What are the dates they’ll reach Port Townsend?

  20. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/13/CMD4V8F7E.DTL

    More canoe/salmon folks – but in Calif-we should invite them to come on the journey! 🙂

  21. hi donda,
    can you give me a route and arrival and departure times for this end of the island for journey 2008? please, i have tried to download and search, poor com skills.
    later d,

  22. What are the date of the journey

  23. We want to help on this journey at conclusion. We enjoyed the 2007 celebration.

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