Canoe Journey
to Alcatraz

In the summer of 2019, canoes representing tribes, communities and families the world over are hoping to converge on San Francisco Bay to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz and stand in solidarity for peace, prayer, the water, the land, the air, future generations, Indigenous values, inclusion and a diverse humanity. 


Canoe Family


The Occupied Canoe Family out of Oakland, CA hosted two protocols and giveaways demonstrating the Bay Area’s intention to participate actively in Canoe Journey and potentially serve as 2019 Canoe Journey hosts.


Canoe Journey


North America’s fastest growing Native tradition brings thousands of people and hundreds of canoes together to honor the water and celebrate Indigenous values.


Alcatraz Occupation


In 1969, Native students and activists occupied the iconic island of Alcatraz, a former federal prison and landmark in San Francisco Bay, catalyzing the indigenous rights movement.

This tiny island would be a symbol of the great lands once ruled by free and noble Indians.
— Indians of All Tribes


Photo credit: Ramin Rahimian, NYT

Photo credit: Ramin Rahimian, NYT

Eloy Martinez

Alcatraz veteran, firekeeper and social justice worker

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Manny Lieras

Youth worker, producer and singer

Kanyon Sayers-Roods

Kanyon Sayers-Roods

Artist, teacher and activist

Ed Archie NoiseCat

Artist, activist and puller

Julian Brave NoiseCat

Activist, journalist and puller

Alexandra Roddy

Alexandra Roddy

Business leader, social justice worker and advocate for indigenous rights and values

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