Greatness: The Great Lakes Water Walk & Celebration
Start date: 24 September, 2017
End date: 24 September, 2017
Greatness: The Great Lakes Water Walk & Celebration (GLWWC) is a 1-day, public outdoor event, taking place on Sunday, September 24th, 2017 on the Waterfront Trail in Toronto, Ontario. The event is comprised of 2 parts: a day-long indigenous-led water walk along 25 km of the Waterfront Trail, and, an evening cultural celebration of the Great Lakes at Ontario Place. All elements will be free of charge. It is a Canada 150 and Ontario150 initiative honouring the Great Lakes and Canada's First People, and is envisioned as the launch of a National Day of Walking for the Water in Canada.
Nature of the Project Reach
The GLWWC was created as a broad, public event, to engage Ontarians of all ages and across many cultures in a unified and highly visible act of reverence for, and celebration of, the Great Lakes. Led by respected Anishinabek elder Josephine Mandamin, the walk will invite groups of indigenous and non-indigenous participants from central Toronto and from across the Province, and will serve to bring the traditions of Canada's First Peoples into view. Of special importance will be the participation of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, on whose traditional territory the Water Walk will take place.
The GLWWC aims, through the sacred act of water walking, to recognize the Great Lakes as remarkable places which have shaped the essence of our country, and crystallize a national commitment to preserve and protect them. All will be welcomed, regardless of faith or following to take part in this reverence for water, and to commit to action to protect Canada's Great Lakes.