Gathering of the Eagles Canoe Journey



Friends is honored to collect donations for this extraordinary inter-island tribal canoe journey, “Esqaplh etse Kwelengsen, Gathering of Eagles.” All are welcome at this grassroots journey following the ancestral highways of the Lhaq’temish, Lummi, people, beginning May 21 and running through May 26 in the Lhaq’temish homelands of Lopez, San Juan, Orcas and Lummi Islands.

Funds are needed NOW!

The event is fast approaching and the organizers have let us know they are in need of funds for food and other essentials! Please consider donating today. 100% of the proceeds go to Gathering of the Eagles. Please specify if your donation is for a specific island or event.

A dozen indigenous canoe families are expected to celebrate with islanders at each stopover to share songs and dances to inspire the next generation of community building & organizing. This is not a tribally sanctioned event—community leaders and organizers coordinate it. All are welcome to attend the stopover events on the islands listed below:

From the event organizers


The Gathering of the Eagles is celebrating our third-year with a canoe paddle, potlatch and the Alliance of Earth, Sky & Water Protectors Strategy Sessions uniting indigenous wisdom and knowledgekeepers facing the world’s climate crisis. This year it is our hope that our Gatherings will unifying our communities from across the world with strategy sessions of discussions and solutions over 9-days. All events are free and open to the public.”

Want to volunteer?

Event Contact:

More information can be found at:

  • Facebook Organizing Group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/348680987204571

Want to Donate?

Funds for event essentials, especially food, are needed! 100% of the proceeds go to Gathering of the Eagles. Please specify if your donation is for a specific island or event.

Or donate by contacting:

Jan Sanburg
Friends of the San Juans
[email protected]
(360) 378-2319

Friends of the San Juans respectfully honors the fact that this beautiful place we strive to protect and restore with our mission-centered work is comprised of the ancestral lands, waters, and natural resources of the Coast Salish peoples. These Tribes have cared for and stewarded the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea since time immemorial—and continue to do so—and we honor their inherent, aboriginal, and treaty rights that have been passed down from generation to generation.

It wasn’t until 1979 that San Juan County got a comprehensive growth plan and that was largely due to the Friends of the San Juan’s being there to advocate for the shoreline and the ecosystem. Since then, there have been constant waves of pressure by developers. Friends have risen each time, fighting to protect this fragile and precious place.

Liza Michaelson

member, San Juan Island