Chippewa Waawaase’ Aagaming Water Walkers began their second sacred water walk around Lake Simcoe on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015.
The walkers left Sibbald Point Provincial Park at 9am travelling clockwise around the lake, arriving at ClearWater Farm, 481 Lake Drive East, Willow Beach, in time for a delicious lunch of soup, made from ClearWater produce, to sustain them on their way.
ClearWater Farm, the flagship project of the Ontario Water Centre, is steeped in “water thinking,” fostering understanding and appreciation of the role of water in sustainable food production, economic growth and healthy communities with the renewed health of Lake Simcoe as its prime example of success.
This is the second water walk around Lake Simcoe organized by Becky Big Canoe. "Grandmother told us we have to do this for four years, so we'll be half way done after this walk.
Last year, the walkers set out in June and took 11 days to walk around lakes Simcoe and Couchiching. This year, the walk is expected to take about 10 days, and will not include Lake Couchiching.
"This year's walk focuses much more on prayer and ceremony than on public awareness of what we're doing," Big Canoe says.
The Water Walkers are camping as they travel around the lake. They are accompanied by a car showing many of Canada's missing and murdered First Nations women and children.
They will be in Barrie on Saturday, Sept. 5, to enjoy a picnic at the waterfront around 4pm.
Anyone is welcome to join them on the walk, or at any of their stops.
For updated information about the location of the Water Walkers and their walk schedule, please go to their Facebook page:
In the photo, the Water Walkers stop at ClearWater Farm in Georgina for lunch with friends from the Ontario Water Centre.