Indigenous Peoples, youth, and allies gathered together for the Mde Maka Ska (White Earth Lake): Four Sacred Directions Water Walk and the Mni Ki Wakan: Water is Sacred Canoe Paddle upon Mde Maka Ska (White Earth Lake), July 31st.
Inaugurating the first annual Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Summit. As they collectively designed the Mni Ki Wakan World Agenda, charting the map forward towards a transformative future where water is clean and healthy.
Placing the broader community back in relation to water, indigenous youth set out by canoe upon Mde Maka Ska: White Earth Lake, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. As they were sent off by song and prayer.
Indigenous peoples and youth canoed to Cedar Lake, where the community welcomed them ashore in a ceremonious way with a special lunch as indigenous custom. Honoring their profound contribution to the water, where they received food and songs.
With a closing of this sacred day at Mde Maka Ska, these canoe nations had marked the beginning of Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Summit, as they designed the indigenous led, collective Mni Ki Wakan World Agenda during the following two days, August 1st and 2nd, in which various transformative possibilities for a future of clean and restored water emerged.