Water Walk and Feast
September 30 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Indigenous Elders will lead us on a water walk through Evergreen Brick Works at 4 pm. The day will end with a Feast at Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxborough Drive, Toronto.
What is a Water Walk?
A water walk is an Indigenous ritual that involves walking around a body of water while carrying water in a small bucket. It is a ritual designed to help us understand and acknowledge the sacredness of water and how water is essential for life. Traditionally, women are water keepers in Indigenous cultures.
A short (1 ½ min) video about Water Walks and Josephine Mandamin can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxN8G_PeWS0
Who is leading the walk?
The walk is being led by Shawanaga First Nation Elder and Knowledge Keeper, Marilyn Capreol. She will be accompanied by other First Nations leaders, including the Eagle Staff Bearer and Fire Keepers.
What will happen?
We will begin by gathering by the Sacred Fire. Marilyn Capreol will share a teaching and Ceremony that will remind us of the sacred nature of water. Following this, the walk portion will begin. A line will be formed with women, children and youth, men, and women who are on their moon cycle, each having a place. A copper bucket will be filled from the nearby moving water, and then carried by the women (traditionally, women are waterkeepers and men are firekeepers). Once the water has been taken up it must keep moving until it is returned to the water once again. Women will pass the bucket while walking, taking turns carrying this sacred gift of water.
What should I wear?
We recommend everyone wear comfortable shoes and, clothing suited to the weather. Those who identify as women are asked to wear a long skirt in keeping with Indigenous traditional practices for Ceremony.
Can I take photos?
No photos or videos may be taken during the Ceremony (when we are at the Sacred Fire and the Sacred Pipe is lit). Before the Ceremony, or afterward during the walk you may choose to take photo or video is you wish. We will have a videographer recording the event (besides the Ceremony).
Is the walk accessible?
Yes, a route accessible for walkers or wheelchairs has been chosen at Evergreen Brick Works. If you are attending the Feast at Rosedale United Church there is an accessible path but it is steep.
Can I bring my children/grandchildren?
Yes, all ages are very welcome. We encourage families to come and to share this learning experience with our children and youth. All children and youth will be able to take a very small copper bucket as a reminder of this Water Walk