This is an excerpt from the article in WHOLife Journal written by Jacquie Moore. For the full article pick up Volume 27, Issue 2, July/August 2021 of WHOLife Journal.
It will not be a walk in the park; it will be an arduous, 1900 km Indigenous Ceremony, where participants will take 10 weeks out of their busy lives to walk some 10 or 12 hours every single day, beginning at 3:00 am, sleeping in tents or vehicles each night. The Water Walk is a powerful cultural calling, and a very significant endeavour to bring awareness to the plight of the Saskatchewan River Water System. The Living Water Walk, starting in July 2021, will begin at Saskatchewan River Crossing near Jasper, go through Edmonton, the Battlefords, and Prince Albert, and finish at Grand Rapids, where the Saskatchewan River enters Lake Winnipeg.
Tasha Beeds will conduct the walk. Raised in Treaty 6 Territory of Saskatchewan with her mother's Plains Cree and Scottish-Metis families, she is presently the Ron Ianni Fellow at the University of Windsor's Indigenous Legal Orders Institute and is finishing her PhD at Trent University; her dissertation is on Water Walking.
The Living Water Walk welcomes Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to join in along the way, in a COVID-safe manner. The endeavour is gratefully accepting any help with food, gas, walking supplies, and earth-friendly PPE.