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Grand River Water Ceremony – Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup

September 13 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Please join us on Monday, September 13th at 4pm for a Water Ceremony at the Grand Ravines Lodge just south of the Allendale Campus. Local Anishinaabe leaders, representing the Grand River Band of Ottawa Indians, will deliver an oral history about Owashtanong– the far-flowing-waters of the Grand River and its significance to the Anishinaabe People.

Free food will be provided along with disposable gloves and trash bags to partake in a cleanup within the Grand Ravines park and south campus. Kayaks will be provided by Ottawa County Parks to cross the Grand River to the Greenway on the east shore. If you are interested in using a kayak please dress in clothes you don’t mind getting wet!

The event will conclude at the Grand Ravines Lodge with refreshments provided. Additional closing words will be from GVSU Groundswell staff and Lin Bardwell of the GVSU Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The event’s Anashinaabe ceremony is a part of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s (WMEAC) 18th Annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup: Michigan’s largest organized river cleanup! This campaign engages six communities around Grand Rapids to clean and protect the water resources that we all value and depend upon. Since 2004, approximately 200,000 lbs. of trash have been removed from the Grand River!

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  • 4:00pm – Welcome
  • 4:15pm – Event kick off
  • 4:30pm – Water Ceremony
  • 5:30pm – Clean up along the ravines OR kayak across the Grand River
  • 6:30pm – Wrap up/Refreshments
  • 7:30pm – Event concludes


Grand Valley State University Office of Multicultural Affairs


Grand Ravines Lodge
9920 42nd Avenue
Georgetown Township, MI 49428 United States
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