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Pulling Together creates personal relationships – Simpcw FN

The North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo grounds in Barriere became the centralized camping area Saturday for participants in the 20th Pulling Together Canoe Journey

The journey is hosted by the Splatsin, Cstélnec (Adams Lake), Simpcw, and Tsq’escenemc (Canim Lake) First Nations, in cooperation with Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. The eight-day journey began on July 12 in Belvidere Park in Enderby, stopping at Grindrod Park, Mara Lake, Pierre’s Point and Blind Bay on Shuswap Lake, before heading to Simpcw territory last weekend.

The participants then travelled to Dunn Lake and Clearwater Lake earlier this week with a final paddle July 20 at Green Lake, a traditional summer gathering place for the Secwépemc People. The journey promotes healing, reconciliation, and respect for Indigenous host nations, as well as the sharing of Indigenous cultures.

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