Red River Water Walk Honors Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MORE INFO: SHARON DAY,, 651-325-8077 EMILY JARRETT HUGHES,, 612-314-5413 (Minneapolis, MN, August 3, 2019) Indigenous-led Red River Nibi (Water) Walk began August 1, 2019. The walk began at the headwaters of the river near Wahpeton, North Dakota. Over an estimated 12 days walkers will carry a ceremonial copper vessel of water 550 miles to the Chalet Beach at Lake Winnipeg, Canada. “Every step we take we’re sending our prayers, our thoughts to the river,” said Day, a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. While she walks, Day also prayer for the 134 names written on ribbons on her staff, each one representing an Indigenous woman found dead in the Red River over the course of the past few decades. “We need to walk the Red River because of all the pollution ending up in Lake Winnipeg,” Day said. “But also because of all …

Water Walker Gathering and House Concert


Sunday JANUARY 27, 2019 5 – 9 PM All Nations Indian Church 1515 E 23rd St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404   Come reconnect and plan for how you will get involved this year. This relaxed evening will include House concert by Sara Thomsen (please bring donations for the music), Potluck dinner, Learning the water songs we sing every Sunday morning, Looking ahead to the planned walks for the year, and An auction of water themed sculptural posts from the Phalen Creek Water Walk.   Please bring your voice, a potluck dish, donations for the music and Nibi Walk, and your love for the water.   We are striving to make all Nibi Walk activities ZERO WASTE – please bring your own plate, forks, napkins and cups.   Facebook event at



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MORE INFO: SHARON DAY,, 651-325-8077 EMILY JARRETT HUGHES,, 612-314-5413 (Minneapolis, MN, July 13, 2018) Indigenous-led Wisconsin River Nibi (Water) Walk will begin August 4, 2018. The walk begins at the headwater of the river near Lac Vieux Desert near the Wisconsin/Michigan border. Over an estimated 14 days walkers will carry a ceremonial copper vessel of water 379 miles to the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin river was one of the main water routes for tribes. It begins near Watersmeet on the Lac Vieux Desert reservation. One trail went to Lake Michigan, one to Lake Superior and the trail along the Wisconsin River meets the Mississippi. Walkers will be following the southern trail route along the Wisconsin River following the path of the ancestors. Despite growing environmental awareness the challenges facing our fresh water continue to mount. …

An Experiential Introduction to Water Walking


Sunday July 22, 2018 9 -11 a.m. Come learn about water walks and the many ways you can support them. Water walks honor the rivers and all water and speak to the water spirits so that there will be healthy rivers, lakes and oceans for our ancestors in the generations to come. We will begin near the boat launch at the North Gate to Hidden Falls Park in Saint Paul. Sharon Day will share a history of the water walks. Everyone is invited to participate in a water ceremony in which each person will collect water and carry it to the picnic grounds at the South entrance to the park (roughly one mile). We will then have a ceremony to return the water to the river. This experience will give you a taste of what happens on a water walk. Find out how you can support the upcoming Wisconsin River …

Chippewa River Waterwalk

April 20-25 Walk begins on April 20 at New Post, Wisconsin at the convergence of the East and West Chippewa Rivers and ends at Wabasha, Minnesota. This walk is in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire to commemorate Aldo Leopold’s work.

Upcoming Water Walks


View current GPS location of walkers here. Chicago River Water Walk – CANCELLED This walk was scheduled for Sunday, March 22, 2020 but will be rescheduled for a future date. Please celebrate world water day wherever you are. Willow River Nibi Walk, from Clear Lake to Hudson, WI – October 17-18, 2020 The Willow River is 61 miles long and ends in the Saint Croix River near Hudson, Wisconsin. Read a recent article about how factory farm run-off has contaminated one of the creeks that feeds into the Willow River, killing fish. Walk route: Beginning will be at the place where there is open water 10th Ave and 10th Street near Clear Lake Follow tenth avenue to 25th avenue Right on 40th Turn left on 50th st Right on County Line A Left on 265th St Ron on CTH Q Left on 63 Right on 200th Ave Right on 64 …

Link for the GPS track of the Ohio River Water Walk

Please use the link below to have a more exact idea of where the water walkers are on any given day. If you are planning on walking, please see Sharon Day’s guide for volunteer walkers in our facebook group: Mississippi River Water Walk 2013 The link below will take you to our shared GPS page, which tracks the exact location of our walkers: