Sunday June 14, 2015 at 10 am – 4:30 pm
Seacrest Marina Park
1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, Washington 98126
~ Tentative Schedule (subject to changes & edits, please check back for updates) ~
9:00 - 10:00 am – Canoes gather at Seacrest Marina, unload the canoes; prepare to leave for oil rigs.
10:00 am – 12 noon – On barge: Opening Prayer, Blessing Song, and Welcoming. Speakers, music performers, and jam session out on barge as canoes prepare to leave.
12:00 pm – Canoe procession circle past Jack Block Park, past Shell oil rigs, tie up to buoyed ropes. Canoes (and support boats) must remain 100 yards from oil rigs.
12:00 – 2:30 pm – Speakers and singing out on canoes.
2:30 pm – Come back to barge, Landing Protocol, last of speakers, Jam Session.
3:45 pm – Water Blessing Ceremony (please bring a container of water from your area)
4:00 pm – Closing Prayer
***PLEASE NOTE***: this event is being organized for traditional Native American canoes and their support boats. In collaboration with the ‘Shell No!’ environmental organizations we would appreciate you respecting our traditions as the original stewards of Alaska and Salish Sea. We wish to show support for stopping Shell, but many canoe families may not be able to mobilize fast enough to join in the ‘rapid response’ kayak action when the Shell oil rigs leave for Alaska. All are welcome to bear witness to our cultural and spiritual sharing as we stand united in the Spirit of our ancestors, the Creator, and next 7 generations. Please be sure to bring a container of water so all may take part in the Water Blessing Ceremony at the end of the event! ***
In solidarity with our Alaskan brothers and sisters in the Arctic, and Coast Salish tribes who are the original stewards of the Salish Sea we come together in a good way to stand unified in Spirit for prayer, ceremony, and songs to bring a peaceful resolution to preserve and protect the Arctic from the exploratory drilling by Shell. Please join us in a peaceful, nonviolent, family-friendly action in support of not allowing Royal Dutch Shell to use the Port of Seattle Terminal #5 for their drilling rigs, stopping the drilling in the Arctic, and together commit to utilizing more sustainable energy sources.
We will have travel stipends available for canoe families, please be sure to save gas receipts and ferry tickets. It would be helpful to have the canoe family name, and the name checks should be payable to, with mailing address on the receipts. It also be helpful if you have tribal council members to let her know the names, tribe, and if they wish to speak at the event to let her know so she can make sure the MC calls on them.
We may reserve some hotel rooms with double beds for Saturday for those coming from far away. Please contact Sweetwater if your canoe family can make it, and how we can assist with accommodations. Bring your drums, regalia, signs, and be #IdleNoMore.
PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY. We encourage public transit. Traffic will be very congested and may take 30-45 minutes longer than normal.
Driving Directions to Seacrest Marina from the north:
1) Merge onto I-5 S.
2) Take EXIT 163A toward W Seattle Br/Columbian Way/W Seattle Br N.
3) Merge onto W Seattle Bridge W toward Spokane St N.
4) Take the Harbor Ave/Avalon Way exit.
5) Turn right onto Harbor Ave SW.
6) 1660 HARBOR AVE SW is on the right.
Photo of Idle No More ~ by Damien Conway
1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126
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