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Come prepared to listen and learn as knowledge keepers share about the life sustaining value of the water, and Indigenous traditions and practices that sustain our environment and nature.

Join us at the Kempenfelt Bay waterfront for hosted Shining Waters Nibi Walks on Saturdays from 10am - 12pm: 


Note: Please leave your pets at home, dogs are not permitted.

  • June 4:  Start beside the Sea Serpent at Heritage Park, finish at the Spirit Catcher
  • June 11: Start beside the Spirit Catcher, finish at Centennial Beach
  • June 18: Start at Centennial Beach, finish at Southshore Centre
  • June 25: Start at Southshore Centre, finish at Minet’s Point Beach with a traditional feast to follow at the Kiwanis Pavilion. Registration required. A reminder that women do not handle sacred items or take part in ceremony during their Moontime. 

Based on the Water Walks started by Ojibway Grandmother, Josephine Mandamin, the Water Walks are founded in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.

We invite you to share a path with all residents of Barrie and walk symbolically together towards a new relationship grounded in peace, friendship, and mutual respect through the collective experience of Walking for the Water. It is our goal to incorporate a youth component to the walk, connecting elders with the next generation as together we uphold the sacredness and purity of Kempenfelt Bay.

This event is ceremonial and is RAIN OR SHINE. Water teachings will be provided each Saturday. Registration is required for final day with a traditional feast and closing ceremony. 


Please direct inquiries to Paige Russell at or 705-721-7689 x. 223, or Tracey Fox at or 705-721-7689 x. 225. 

Shining Waters Nibi Walks Posters

The Shining Waters Nibi Walks are supported by the Government of Canada's Healthy Communities Initiative.

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