In autumn 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.
2018 PADDLE TO PUYALLUP
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 welcome canoes to the Bay Area in 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Occupation.
North America’s fastest growing Native tradition brings thousands of people and hundreds of canoes together to honor the water and celebrate Indigenous values.
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
Alcatraz veteran, firekeeper and social justice worker
Youth worker, producer and singer
Artist, teacher and activist
Ed Archie NoiseCat
Artist, activist and puller
Julian Brave NoiseCat
Activist, journalist and puller
Business leader, social justice worker and advocate for indigenous rights and values