Great Lakes Water Walk

You are invited to the Great Lakes Water Walk, a free public event on Sunday, September 24, 2017 along the Toronto waterfront.

The Great Lakes have shaped and influenced our history, economy, and communities for generations.  Yet these magnificent bodies of water are suffering from years of degradation.  By sharing the Indigenous practice of honouring our waters, the Great Lakes Water Walk is an invitation to pause and reflect upon what we can do individually and collectively to ensure the health and well-being of our waters for generations to come.

Anishinaabeg Grandmothers will lead thousands of participants in a ceremonial water walk along Toronto’s waterfront trail, with blessing stops at Toronto’s four river deltas (Credit, Humber, Rouge, Don). At the close of the walk, respected Elders Dr. Shirley Williams and Grandmother Josephine Mandamin, will lead a multi-cultural water blessing of the Great Lakes assisted by Elders and Leaders representing all facets of the Toronto community.

Participants are free to join or leave the main walking groups at any point, with times and distances that best suits them.  Everyone is welcome.  We walk to renew our relations with each other and the waters we love.

To learn more about the walk, visit our website --

To understand “Why We Walk”, watch this short video --

Those who would like to volunteer to help, or simply stay informed, can sign up @

Please help us spread the word (#GLWW17, #BecauseofWater) to friends, family, classmates and colleagues by following us on social media:

Look for further walk details in early September.  In the meantime, you can reach Dr. Lucy Cummings, Interfaith Outreach Coordinator, by phone, 1-866-231-1877, x 104, to answer any questions you may have.