Two Important July Events!

You are invited!…  to a very special event which is taking place tomorrow, Friday, July 7, at 5pm at Lake Ontario Park.

Josephine Mandamin is coming to Kingston and a community potluck has been organized in her honour.

You may or may not have heard of Josephine Mandamin as she is a quiet, unassuming, Anishinawbe Elder but what she has done is truly amazing.  Grandmother Josephine has been on a spiritual and water protection journey since 2003. See: http://www.motherearthwaterwalk.com  and a brief explanation below.

Please join us tomorrow and share the honour of welcoming Josephine to Kingston. (Please bring Feast Bundle, healthy/natural, nut-free foods-list of ingredients would be appreciated.)

She walked the perimeter of every Great Lake – This year will be her final.

What: FOR THE EARTH & WATER WALK 2017
When:  July 7, 2017,  5:00pm (date change due to fast moving walkers!)
Where:  Lake Ontario Park
Why
:  Anishinawbe Grandmothers Josephine Mandamin walked around Lake Superior in Spring 2003, around Lake Michigan in 2004, Lake Huron in 2005, Lake Ontario in 2006 and Lake Erie in 2007. 

This year marks her final walk-the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Many in Kingston, both Indigenous and setters, are honoured to welcome Elder Josephine and her support team as they make a brief stop here in Kingston.  A special celebrations has been organized including a potluck feast at Lake Ontario Park. 

Why is this so important?

The 1st Annual Women’s Water Walk took place April 2003. Several women from different clans came together to raise awareness that our clean and clear water is being polluted by chemicals, vehicle emissions, motor boats, sewage disposal, agricultural pollution, leaking landfill sites, and residential usage is taking a toll on our water quality. Water is precious and sacred…it is one of the basic elements needed for all life to exist.

See:  http://www.motherearthwaterwalk.com

WHEELCHAIR RALLY – July 18
What:  A celebration of the new K&P Trail for wheelchair users of all ages.  In partnership with Easter Seals Ontario and the Kingston Community Health Centres, and thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation, the Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour are delighted to be involved in this fun and novel event. 
Participants and friends will wheel from Doug Fluhrer Park up to Quattrochi’s and back or as far along the trail as comfortable.  We are trying to access a few wheelchairs for those not using wheelchairs to have a chance to see how hard life can be!
Participants are invited to decorate their wheelchairs in red and white to celebrate Canada’s 150th. Free refreshments.  A fun craft will also be provided for those interested. 
Where: Meeting in Douglas R. Fluhrer Park south end.  .
When: Tues, July 18, 5-7 pm
COME ONE, COME ALL!

And finally, a gentle reminder!
Deadline for ON THE WALL registration is midnight, July 9.
Do share with all of your friends and community groups who might be interested in participating.
More info?  ONTHEWALLKingston@gmail.com

Cheers,
Mary