After my morning run, we spent the day getting shots around town and down by the water. It was a chance to pour the water I’d collected from all the rivers, lakes and streams I’d crossed into the ocean at long last. It was a chance to reflect on the importance of water in its pristine state and the sacred connection we have with it. It was a moving moment and I was flooded with both joy and sadness for my journey fast coming to an end.
We scurried off to do a wrap up interview- back to the massive roadside stump and then it was time to meet the crowd of people gathered to run me into town. There were more people than I could’ve imagined and I was so overwhelmed by this show of support! We ran (and rolled) the 5 km into Prince Rupert everyone meeting at the steps of the courthouse. Photos were snapped and there was even TV coverage! It was a proud moment, followed by many happy hugs and more gifts of salmon. We whipped back to Lee’s house for a quick shower and then headed to Gary Coon’s house, where the celebration reception and dinner were set to take place. It was a packed house and food was just gorgeous. I was so honored that Hereditary Chief Joseph Brooks and Gerald Stewart were in attendance to welcome me onto their territory. Chief Brooks, presented me with a Devil’s Club flower, which is one of most spiritually significant plants with powerful medicine. After the ceremony, we helped ourselves to the heaping plates of food that Jimmy had created. His concept was an aromatherapy preparation of the food, so we enjoyed chamomile salmon and herbed halibut.
After the meal, I said a few words about my journey, conveying some of the stories and themes that emerged. I shared how touched I was at the tremendous support I had received along the way and that we must remain optimistic even in dark times. Gerald commented that he saw me as something of a messenger and wondered what the next stage for Band Together BC will be. It is a vision that I am still inviting and crafting and I am open to suggestions! I think there are powerful lessons in the stories that I heard and I am interested in sharing them in greater depth, perhaps in an interactive book format. I also have a lot of video content that I will be compiling and forming into a video essay, with the help of some editor friends! Finally, I think there is terrific value in growing the network of people that are thinking about transitioning away from fossil fuels and I am interested in exploring how Transition Town might work across BC. Connecting with Tides Canada when I return will also help in determining next steps. I will be sure to post as things come into focus!
A HUGE thank you to Joseph Brooks and Gerald Stewart for welcoming me on Tsimshian traditional territory, Gary and Lois Coon’s for hosting the dinner at their beautiful home, Jennifer Rice and Annie Thompson for organizing and promoting the event, Lee Brain, for hosting us at his home, all of the venders and people that donated salmon, veggies and coffee, Jimmy King for preparing the food, Nate and Zack for filming and snapping photos and to my husband Nate for being there to support. Love all of you!
Prince Rupert Runners (Photo: Zack Embree)
Prince Rupert Runners-start
Kim and Jen Rice- organizer extraordinaire!
Lee Brain with piles of donated salmon!