Port Of Olympia And City Of Olympia Team With Nisqually Tribe For Canoe Journey Landing

canoe journey volunteers
Representatives from tribes as far away as Alaska and Canada will be participating. Photo courtesy: Port of Olympia.

Submitted by the Port of Olympia

The City of Olympia and the Port of Olympia are proud to partner with the Nisqually Indian Tribe as they host the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey landing in downtown Olympia on July 30, 2016.

“The cooperation between the tribe and Port of Olympia and City of Olympia is good and much of the downtown planning is being completed by  them for the July 30 Landing Day,” said Farron McCloud, Chairman of the Nisqually Indian Tribe.

swantown marina
The public is invited to celebrate the canoe landing at the Port of Olympia’s shady park at Swantown Marina.

The Landing Day events will take place at NorthPoint at the tip of the Port of Olympia peninsula. The tribe is expecting approximately 18,000 people to attend and witness the landing of more than 120 canoes representing more than 50 tribes from the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Alaska.

“The City of Olympia is honored to partner with our neighbors, the Nisqually Tribe, and support this historic cultural event,” said Cheryl Selby, Mayor of Olympia.

Port Commissioner Bill McGregor stated, “As we work with the Nisqually Indian Tribe on the canoe landing, we learn about their history and culture and our respect for them continues to grow. We are honored to have a role in this historic event.”

Event Information

Parking/Free Shuttle. The public can find parking in designated downtown parking

intercity transit dash
Taking the DASH is a great option for reaching the landing activities easily.

lots or on the street. Access to Marine Drive will be restricted beginning at the Marine Drive – Jefferson Street intersection and the Market Street – Franklin Street intersection where a free shuttle service will begin at 10:00 a.m. The DASH bus will run its regular route with stops at the Farmers Market.

Launch Ramp-Moorage Closures. The Swantown launch ramp will be closed on July 30th. The nearest launch ramp is Boston Harbor Marina. Swantown and Port Plaza guest moorage will be reserved for support boats from July 29th through August 8th.

Boat Launch Ramp Parking. The Swantown boat launch ramp parking lot will be closed Tuesday, July 26 through Tuesday, August 2. Any vehicles left in the lot on July 26 will be towed at the owners expense.

Water Viewing. There is no water viewing of the Landing ceremony.

Limited Access. Access will be monitored by local law enforcement from 8:00 a.m until event end (estimated 9:00 p.m.) on Saturday, July 30. Without a valid Swantown Marina Parking Pass, you will be denied access. There will be no way to verify you are a tenant at any of the checkpoints.

Food. Food and merchant vendors will be available at the site and the Hearthfire

The Port of Olympia and City of Olympia are partnering with the Nisqually Indian Tribe for their July 30 Canoe Journey Landing in Olympia.
The Port of Olympia and City of Olympia are partnering with the Nisqually Indian Tribe for their July 30 Canoe Journey Landing in Olympia.

Restaurant will remain open with reservations recommended.

Green Event. Organizers are working to make Landing Day a green event. Water refill stations will be available. Attendees are being encouraged to bring their own water bottles to the venue and a priority has been placed on recycling and recyclable materials. 

From July 31 to Aug 6, 2016 the canoe journey events will move to the Nisqually Indian Reservation where most of the protocol events will be held on a 40-acre site prepared for seven days of dancing, storytelling, visiting, and protocol. Planning and implementation of this part of the historic event is being completed by a canoe journey committee composed of volunteers and employees of the Nisqually Tribe, under the direction of McCloud and Nisqually Tribal Council.

Contact Information

Nisqually Indian Tribe and Canoe Journey Information
Farron McCloud, Chairman, Nisqually Indian Tribe
60.456.5221 ext. 1238 – mccloud.farron@nisqually-nsn.gov

Nisqually Indian Tribe Canoe Journey Public Relations
Sheila McCloud, Tribal Council Secretary, Nisqually Indian Tribe
360.456.5221 ext. 1227 – mccloud.sheila@nisqually-nsn.gov

City of Olympia, Parking/Shuttle/Food Vendor Information
Kellie Purce Braseth, Strategic Communications Director, City of Olympia
360.753.8361 – kbraseth@ci.olympia.wa.us 

Port of Olympia, Port Facility/Volunteer Information
Jennie Foglia-Jones, Marketing & Community Relations Coordinator, Port of Olympia
360.528.8005 – jennief@portolympia.com

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