Elder Corrine Tooshkenig and Emily Fortney start the Water Walk in Aazhoodena Territory.

Elder Corrine Tooshkenig and Emily Fortney start the Water Walk in Aazhoodena Territory.

By Greg Plain

AAZHOODENA – Some 30 unity walk and paddle participants gathered from all over southwestern Ontario in Aazhoodena (Stony Point) beach on August 12.

The unity event – suggested by the youth and Elders – was led by Corrine Tooshkenig and seven others who walked the beach from Aazhoodena to Kik-o-nong (Kettle and Stony Point) before heading to Aamjiwnaang territory.

“I am honoured to participate in the Water Walk along with the youth, and their mission to create unity for all original peoples of Turtle Island, humanity, Creation and the water,” said Elder Corrine Tooshkenig.  “We need to create these types of opportunities for the youth to see the Anishinabe ways and create hope for the future.”

Paddlers travelled from Kik-o-nong to Aamjiwnaang Territory and faced high waves and stormy weather.

The walkers were met by Aamjiwnaang Chief Chris Plain and feasted in his community before carrying on the final leg of the journey to Bkejwanong – Walpole Island where a final celebration was to take place with the walkers and paddlers

During the Sunrise Ceremony a Golden Eagle was spotted coming out the east and headed down the Lake Huron shore and a Bald Eagle could be seen watching the ceremony.