In the winter of 2016, Indigenous Midwife, Herbalist, and Cowlitz Tribal Member Rhonda Lee Grantham provided care as part of the Standing Rock Medic Healers Council. While treating water protectors who were also PNW Natives, she made a promise to them that she would somehow continue to support the healing journey that they had begun, and wanted to continue. Every year, the Intertribal Canoe Journey invites Indigenous people to travel their ancestral waters, carrying the vitality of sobriety, community, and their traditional culture. Upon returning from Standing Rock, it became apparent that Intertribal Canoe Journey was a perfect opportunity to continue the work of supporting indigenous healing in the Northwest. With the help of herbalist friends and donations, the Canoe Journey Herbalists healing space was born.
In the first year, volunteers busily provided everything from herbal first aid, trauma care, footbaths for Elders, and support for ongoing chronic issues. Over the years, we have expanded our services to include traditional Indigenous healing, and have expanded our team, and quality of care immensely. With Canoe Journey being cancelled this year (summer 2020) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are saddened to not be able to serve our community in the context Canoe Journey, but we are grateful to continue to answer the call for healing by expanding our services in by other means. Please review our “Programming” page for more information about our current offerings and how to get involved.