Nor Cal Sacred Canoe Journey
August 11-19, 2019,
Youth Serviced by program: 13
Mentors and Youth Leaders service the program: 4
Cal, HSU, Professionals, Elders who service the program: 25
Academic Enrichment Adventure
Sacred Canoe Journey
Academic Guidance / College Prep Workshop
Traditional Environmental Knowledge/ Indigenous Science
Nutrition & Wellness
2019 Nor Cal program is designed for Intertribal Youth and Native Like Water Alumni youth of ages 13-18 and from all educational backgrounds, regardless of their GPA. This program’s pre-requisite is particularly and primarily for students who have attended any of our InterTribal Youth/ Native Like Waters programs in the past.
Our academic focus is based on a holistic approach. This approach allows youth to easily tap their potential. Historically, each of our youth go on to make a positive contribution to their community and world. Youth primarily come from California, with Native youth often joining us from Arizona, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada and other parts of the nation.
This program will fill Contact us soon and we will send the registration form.
Arrival/Departure Point: Berkeley (Oakland) California: Airport/Train/Bus pick-up provided by our InterTribal Youth Staff.
Day-to-Day Itinerary* (*Tentative: subject to change)
Day 1, 2: Berkeley and Oakland, California Arrival Day, Greetings, Orientation and check-in. Preparation and gathering. On the hill side of the East San Francisco Bay with breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Oakland, Bay and ocean. This day you begin a journey in knowledge of self, others and greater horizons. Participate in academics and culture. Berkeley has one of the largest repository of Native culture on the west coast. We begin by taking an emotional look into the past. Our presents are here and we are thankful to our Native Cal Bears.
Day 3-5 : Pomo Territory, San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz the San Francisco / Oakland Bay area. We go to the pier which will take us to the island commonly known as Alcatraz. Local National Park Ranger hosts us, as we are provided with the Al Capone Era Prison history, Indian Occupation, Spanish Fort and Ohlone stories of this sacred place. Our Journey will come full circle as we ponder our choices between cultural freedom, sovereignty and the constant threat of Indian incarceration.
Recognizing Alcatraz’s 50th Anniversary of Occupation: Bring Indigenous history and rights into the public conversation, building upon legacies of courage, oratory and persistence to frame a future where Native people take their rightful seat at the table of public leadership and decision-making.
Sacred Canoe Journey: In the summer of 2019, canoes representing tribes, communities and families the world over are hoping to converge on San Francisco Bay to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz and stand in solidarity for peace, prayer, the water, the land, the air, future generations, Indigenous values, inclusion and a diverse humanity. More details and daily agenda to come.
Tribal Canoe Journey is North America’s fastest growing Native tradition, bringing thousands of people and hundreds of canoes together to honor the water and celebrate Indigenous values.
As we sit out on Alcatraz Island and various sacred Ohlone sites, looking out into the bay, we ponder our choices in life, our future, and how we can be good for our community. Inspired by our journey, it is time of reflection and thought. We will return to Oakland/ Berkeley and gather for the evening and share in our experiences before returning home.
Day 6, 7, 8 Berkeley/Oakland Protocol, Gatherings Departure for Home: Our tour and personal journey ends for now as we transition and continue on a path of success, refreshed. Oakland's very own, American Indian Child and Resource Center (AICRC) and Canoe Journey 2019 Committee hosts program closure and Recognition of participants. We wish everyone well as we commit to a better world for ourselves, family and future generations. Bear hugs.
Departure: Airport drop-off provided by Staff.
“Shared Registration Fee”: $675 for the 7 days Nor Cal Program 2019
Shared Registration Fee Explained: The actual cost of the 1-week (8-day) program estimated at $1300, however, InterTribal Youth provides over 50% scholarship match through ITY fundraising efforts and asks that each participant provide the matching 50% of the cost through a “shared registration fee”. Thus, the “shared registration fee” for each participant is $675 for the 1-week (7-day) Nor Cal Program. Family and educational programs accomplish raising the “shared registration fee” through direct support from their community organizations, fundraising, tribal support, TANF, and/or family contribution. If a youth or family has trouble meeting the “shared registration fee” or lack resources, InterTribal Youth will work together with the student, community and family to locate the “shared registration fee”.
Non-refundable deposit: 1st Payment, of $400 is to be submitted with registration form; a registration form are emailed by request (click here)
2nd payment of $275 must be received before July 25, 2019.
(You may also choose to pay both payments at once with registration form; we can invoice too)
First come basis for this program. Deposit guarantees reserved program spot. Spaces are limited to 13 students. A confirmation packet with all details, waivers, and what to bring is mailed/ emailed when registration form and deposit are received
Transportation to the meeting points at Berkeley are not included in the shared registration fee. ITY does provide courtesy personal airport pick-up by our staff.
During the programs, all food, lodging, materials, instruction, mentor/chaperones, snacks, and events are included.
Worth it: Consider comparing the cost of a normal 3-day youth conference registration fee, hotel cost, food, and (lack of personal) mentorship. One can see the obvious value, and decency of the “shared registration fee” and ITY Programs.
Open doors of opportunity for youth. If you are interesting in sponsoring a matching donation for youth scholarships, we have a list of youth with below poverty financial need. Please contacts us.