On Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2019, canoes representing tribes, communities and families from as far North as Canada and as far West as Hawaii will 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
At Paddle to Puyallup (2018), the Occupied Canoe Family from Oakland, CA hosted protocols and giveaways to express the Bay Area’s intention to welcome canoes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz Occupation.
North America’s fastest growing Native tradition welcomes thousands of people and hundreds of canoes to honor the water, celebrate Indigenous values and work toward a better future.
In 1969, Native students and activists occupied the iconic island of Alcatraz, a former federal prison and San Francisco Bay landmark, 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