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Paddle 2 Lummi Intertribal Canoe Journey

Community Event

The “Paddle to Lummi” canoe journey or Sqweshenet Tse Schelangen / Honoring Our Way Of Life is slated for July 24 through 28 and honors Coast Salish people traveling by canoe from up and down the Washington coast from Oregon to lower British Columbia and beyond. The event holds special significance to Coast Salish Tribes as it honors their unique relationship and connection with the land, water and each other. Upon arrival, canoe families — some paddling more than a hundred miles to attend — will be invited to share their culture and traditions. The event will culminate with traditional potlatch song, dance and testimonies that organizers say have provided their people with hope, healing and happiness over the generations. Julius said said they expect approximately 10,000 people and over 100 canoe families on their ancestral shores — something he says will help build strong bridges with neighboring tribal communities. Visitors to the area as well as those in the greater Bellingham and Whatcom County community are welcome to attend and be part of the festivities. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities can call 360-312-2260 or email Becky Kinley, Paddle To Lummi coordinator, at