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Chicago North Shore Channel Nibi (Water) Walk

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Gillson Park Dog Beach

Wilmette, IL 60091

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Join us for the Chicago North Shore Channel Nibi (Water) Walk on Saturday, March 23, 2019, the weekend of World Water Day. Nibi is the Ojibwe word for water, and Nibi Walks are Indigenous-led ceremonies wherein every step is taken in prayer and gratitude for water, our life giving force. This nine-mile ceremonial walk along the North Shore Channel, between Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, will be led by Anishinaabe Grandmother Sharon Day (Singing Wolf), Executive Director of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force and Founder of NibiWalk. The walk will begin at 10am at the entrance of Gillson Park Dog Beach, then will proceed south along the North Shore Channel, and will end at River Park where the channel meets the Chicago River at about 2:45pm. After we wrap up, we will walk to Kababi Grill to share a meal together. To learn more and to prepare for the walk, please review the Nibi Walk protocols and visit www.nibiwalk.org. There is no monetary cost to participate. Please register here.

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When: Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 10am-4pm

Where: The walk will begin at the entrance of Gillson Park Dog Beach and will proceed south along the North Shore Channel to River Park. You can see the route we will be taking on this google map.

Timeline: 10-10:30am - Opening Ceremony in Gillson Park; 10:30am-2:30pm - Walk to River Park; 2:30-2:45pm - Closing Ceremony in River Park; 3-4pm - Lunch at Kababi Grill

Cost: Free (Donations are welcome to help cover the cost of indigenous elders' travel & any leftover funds will be donated towards local water clean up initiatives - if you want to skip the eventbrite fee, you can send via paypal using the email address carlyvisk@gmail.com). Lunch at Kababi Grill is not provided, you can purchase it directly at the restaurant.

Who: All are welcome! The walk will be led by women, and men and children are also very welcome to join!

Length: The walk is about 9 miles. You can walk the whole route and you are also welcome to just walk part of the way.

Transportation & Parking: We recommend taking public transportation to Gillson Park (the Linden Purple Line “L” stop is very close to the park). If you'd like to drive, we highly recommend parking near River Park where the walk ends (there is street parking available) & taking public transportation or a Lyft/Uber to Gillson Park. Parking at Gillson Park is permit-only, so if you want to park near where the walk begins, you can park at the Linden Purple Line CTA Station.

What to bring/wear: Bring good walking shoes, a full belly, easy-to-carry snacks or energy bars, a full large reusable bottle of drinking water, water songs to sing, & cash or credit/debit card for lunch at Kababi Grill. Women, please wear a long skirt to respect the ceremonial traditions. In addition, please review these Nibi Walk protocols before arriving to the walk.


About Sharon Day:

Sharon Day, Ojibwe, is executive director of the Indigenous People’s Task Force. Sharon is 2nd degree Midewin and follows the spiritual path of the Anishinaabe people; part of her spiritual practice is to care for water. In 2003, Josephine Madamin began Mother Earth Water Walks to bring awareness about water issues. By carrying and praying for the water with each step, the women raise awareness about how water is connected to our lives. In spring 2013, Sharon led a group of Ojibwe women on a two-month walk from the headwaters to the mouth of the Mississippi River to pray and sing for the water. . She is an artist, musician, and writer and has received numerous awards, including the Resourceful Woman Award, the Gisela Knopka Award, BIHA’s Women of Color Award, The National Native American AIDS Prevention Resource Center’s Red Ribbon Award, and most recently, the Alston Bannerman Sabbatical Award. She is an editor of the anthology Sing! Whisper! Shout! Pray! Feminist Visions for a Just World (Edgework Books, 2000). Learn more by watching this short documentary and this interview with Sharon.

About Nibi Walks:

Learn more about this history of the Nibi Walks by watching these short videos of conversations with the grandmother of the Nibi Walking movement, Josephine Mandamin and with Water Walker Dorene Day. Read about some of the past walks here and see media coverage here.

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