Okizu: Indigenous Canoe Nations Convergence
St. Croix River, Minnesota, USA
Minnesota Interstate State Park Landing to Osceola Landing
6.6 Mile Canoe Journey
August 6th Camp Overnight
August 7th Canoe Journey
The Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Summit will commence with a vital August 6-7 pre-summit canoe paddle, when and where a 30-person dialogue upon Okizu Wakpa (the St. Croix River) will occur in three groups. Navigating under the theme “Okizu: Indigenous Canoe Nations Convergence,” participants will travel in three 10-person canoes. First invoking the indigenous protocol of presenting “asema” or “cansasa,” prayers of positive engagement with the spirit of Okizu (the Dakota name meaning “where the waters converge”) will be acknowledged. On the afternoon of August 6, participants will establish an overnight camp at the Minnesota Interstate State Park. Safety and team-based training will be presented, followed by a gathering on indigenous peoples relationship with water. On August 7, paddlers will set out upon Okizu Wakpa (St. Croix River) by 10 a.m.
The Okizu: Indigenous Canoe Nations Convergence seeks to place the world community back into relationship with the sacredness of water as indigenous peoples and youth set out by canoe upon the ancient ancestral river way of Okizu, also known as the St. Croix River in Minnesota, USA.
27 participants will reflect upon the sacred water way of Okizu as they canoe towards a horizon of previously unknown possibilities up to the commencement of the Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Summit on August 8th & 9th. Indigenous Canoe Nations will have arrived at the water summit bringing with them new depths of wisdom, upstream thinking, and transformative possibilities of Okizu. With a confluence of deepened insights, participants can contribute to a higher current of collective intelligence, unity, and wisdom during the water summit of August 8th and 9th.
Participants should register by June 15th, 2018, using the link below. Admission is $60 per person for a spot in a 10-person Voyageur canoe. There are 27 total spots available. Payment can be made anytime before August 6th.
Map of Okizu; St. Croix River Landings