community partnerships

NAYA Family Canoe Journey Project: A Relational Worldview Awakening

Jennifer Seamans, Watershed Center Manager, 503-823-2862 or watershed@swni.org 
with Mary Renville, Portland Youth & Elders Council, NAYA

NASA family canoe journey
The NAYA Canoe Family practices on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Willamette Park using the loaner canoe, in preparation for the Paddle to Nisqually in July 2016.

 

Since April 2016, the South Portland and SWNI boards, the SWNI Equity Team and the SW Watershed Resource Center have endorsed and supported the NAYA Family Canoe Journey project. This project was started less than three years ago by a small group of elders and dedicated volunteers at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) and has grown into a dynamic community effort made up of people from many walks of life.

Healthy People, Healthy Rivers

The project actively works to promote a healthy balanced lifestyle within the urban Native American community and considers this venture a revitalization of an ancient cultural practice based on sharing, celebrating and guiding our community. Reviving these traditional lifeways honors the original caretakers of this land and the Willamette River tributaries and watershed. The project also highlights the awareness that we are all connected through the health of our water and rivers.