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[1997 Tribal Journey]

A Odyssey from Port Hardy to Victoria
July 18th to August 3, 1997

The inner passage waterway leading to Victoria will test the stamina and endurance of those up to the challenge. There will be some long hard days spent pulling through seemingly endless stretches of water. Those who have made the journey before say that they felt the presence of their ancestors and it helped them find strength to carry on. It is an inner journey as well as a traditional experience, one that culminates in an awakening and celebration.

Joined by the VisionQuest Group and the Northern Canoes, the official 1997 Tribal Journey begins in the coastal community of Gwa'sala-Nakwaxdaxw on Northern Vancouver Island

Tribal Journey - Inner Coast Nations Journey

Village

Arrival Date

Departure Date

# of Travel Hours

Gwa'sala-Nakwaxdaxw

July 18

July 19

3

Kwaguilth July 19 July 19 3
Fort Rupert July 19 July 20 6

Namgis - Alert Bay

July 20

July 21

12

Adams River

July 21

July 22

10

Elk River

July 22

July 23 - Tide

Seymour Narrows

Campbell River

July 23 - Tide

July 24

7

Comox

July 24

July 25

7

Qualicum

July 25

July 26

5

Nanoose

July 26

July 27

5

Nanaimo

July 27

July 29 - Tide

Dodd Narrows

Chemainus Bay

July 29 - Tide

July 30 - Tide

Sansun Narrows

Cowichan Bay

July 30 - Tide

July 31

8

Tsawout

July 31

August 1

12

Songhees/Esquimalt

August 1

August 3

2


The Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nations of Vancouver Island's West Coast will be participating in the 1997 Tribal Journey by travelling their traditional waterways down to Victoria. The west coast route presents its own unique challenges as breakers, ocean swells and a rugged coastline will truly test these ocean faring warriors.

Tribal Journey - Nuu-Chah-Nulth Route Schedule

JULY 24 Ahousaht to Tin Wis, then Ucluelet
JULY 25 Ucluelet to Port Alberni
JULY 26 Port Alberni to Anacla
JULY 27 Anacla to Cla-oose
JULY 28 REST DAY - Didihaht invitation
JULY 29 Cla-oose to Port Renfrew
JULY 30 Port Renfrew to Jordan River
JULY 31 Jordan River to Sooke
AUGUST 1 REST DAY - Sooke celebration
AUGUST 2 Sooke to Songhees (Tribal Journeys Village)
AUGUST 3 Songhees to Victoria Inner Harbour (NAIG Opening Ceremonies)

Southern groups from Washington State will be crossing Juan de Fuca Strait to join Tribal Journey in the Songhees Tribal Journeys Village August 2nd.

On August 3rd, all the canoes will leave Songhees to arrive at the Victoria Inner Harbour to be greeted with a Traditional Coast Salish Welcome. This will signal the arrival of the Games.

On August 5th, a group of Canoes will depart Victoria bound for Port Angeles, Wash.

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