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World Water Day Event: Feasting the Forgotten Rivers

March 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date: Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Meeting at the Children’s Garden at Evergreen Brickworks (550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON, M4W 3X8) then walk down to Queens Park to Daniel’s School of Architecture and then finally to Queens Quay.

Finding our way through water paths and life paths, streaming love without end, uncovering ancient waters in Toronto. Please join us in honoring the lost and found waters. Walk with us on World Water Day: Friday, March 22nd, led by traditional life practitioner, Dr. Debby Wilson Danard.

Dr. Debby Danard, an Anishnaabe-kwe from Rainy River First Nation, in North Western Ontario. She is a PhD graduate from University of Toronto, a water walker, advocate and water ambassador who speaks and performs water ceremonies to raise awareness of the spiritual nature and rights of water. She is also a traditional life practitioner and life promotion ambassador and shares these teachings in schools and community organizations.


1) Gather at the Children’s garden at the Brickworks at 10:00 AM coffee/tea snacks will be provided. Begin with territory acknowledgement, ceremonial collection of water from there. Leave at 10:30 AM

2) Walk to Queen’s Park from Brickworks (1 hour/ 3.9 km) approximate time of arrival: 11:30-12:00 PM

3) Take break at Queen’s Park (half an hour) Debby does food offering. Leave at 12:30 PM

4) From Queens Park walk to Spadina and stop at Daniel’s school of Architecture and do food offering. (1.1 km/ 15 mins)

5) Walk down to Lake Ontario at Queen’s Quay to return the water we gathered from the Brickworks and do the final food offering and closing words (45 minutes/3.4 km) 2:00 PM

6) Come back to New College around 3:00-3:30 PM at Wetmore Hall Room 51A (300 Huron Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3J6) where people can convene, watch “Water Warriors” and have something to eat.

Ceremony Protocols:

All are welcome.

No dogs. No bikes/skateboards.

Traditionally women wear long skirts and men long pants to show respect in ceremony.

When we walk, this is a time for prayer or songs for the water and life.

Pregnant women and women on their moon-time will not carry the water during this time, as they are already in ceremony.

Men carry the Eagle Feather Staff, in balance with the water, when there are no male participants, then women will carry the staff.

Gchi’miigwech Grandmother Josephine Mandaamin, for teaching us the protocols and leading the way forward honouring the water.


March 22, 2019
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Evergreen Brickworks
550 Bayview Ave
Toronto, ON M4W 3X8 Canada
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