The Raven Spirit Canoe Family is a canoe family which was formed in 2007. A 30 foot Traditional Cedar Dugout Canoe was carved by Dorey Brotchie during the traditional wedding ceremony of Steve and Gloria Wilson. The canoe was part of the dowry that was handed over to Steve Wilson through the bride's side of the family along with names, songs and dances.
The Raven Spirit Canoe Family's goal is to promote healing, cultural awareness and unity on the annual Canoe Journey with the youth that participate in the Journey. It is our responsibility as role models for these youth to guide them in positive ways, and to provide them with the opportunity to experience a journey that may change their life. We believe as Native people, that the youth represent the future of Native communities, and that their health and well being determines the future health and well-being of a community.
The Raven Spirit Canoe Family is embarking on this year's Journey to Suquamish, WA in July. The annual Canoe Journey is a significant cultural event which requires great preparation. As many as 100 canoes from as far north as Alaska and as far south as Oregon State will be attending this year's Journey.