Cowichan prepares to walk the walk again

Cowichan residents parade along Duncan Street from the Vancouver Island University parking lot en route to the Si’em Lelum gym during last year
Cowichan residents parade along Duncan Street from the Vancouver Island University parking lot en route to the Si’em Lelum gym during last year's Walk of the Nations.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Something’s clicking for the community’s annual Walk of the Nations cultural celebration.

That’s evident in the 1,000 or so people who participated last year.

It’s also what organizers are hoping will continue as they move forward with the seventh edition taking place May 31.

“Our community has a rich culture. We hope the walk will create a community filled with understanding, acceptance, respect and compassion,” said chairwoman and walk committee founding member Jenn George in a media release.

What’s worked in previous years, is what organizers are sticking to this year.

“We invite everyone to come out carrying banners, flags or signs to support diversity, learn from each others cultures and celebrate together,” stated the media release.

“Last year’s school and community organizations drum carriers will be handing over the drums to a new school and organization where the drum will live until next year and youth and adults will learn some of its teachings.”

This year’s walk is co-hosted by Social Planning Cowichan, the Cowichan Intercultural Society and Hiiye’yuLelum (House of Friendship Society) and is organized by a enthusiastic and dedicated walk committee.

The Walk of Nations was born from the 2008 North American Indigenous Games and is a celebration of culture and diversity.

Everyone is invited to attend and encouraged to wear traditional and cultural clothing.

Participants gather at Vancouver Island University’s Cowichan Campus at 9:30 a.m. and walk together to Centennial Park for some good grub, music, and cultural entertainment from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cowichan Community Kitchens is joining this year’s roster, with its members  making pizza, fry bread, and other tasty treats at their cob oven at the park with Save On Foods staff serving to walk participants.

For more information, click here.

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