• Ed Matthews

Canoe For Clean Water and COVID-19 Impacts

Dear friends, family, and supporters,

First of all, we hope that this notice finds you safe and healthy. We recognize that this is a challenging time and that each of us is having to adjust to new realities associated with COVID-19. We hope that you are still finding support and community in these times of social distancing, as well as ways to care for your well-being during this stressful period.

We are writing today to update you on the status of Canoe for Clean Water. As of right now, we are planning to move forward with the trip, but we will continue to do so carefully and responsibly. The health and safety of our team, as well as the people and communities that we may engage with during our cross-Canada canoe expedition, is our top priority. Therefore, it is inevitable that even as the trip proceeds, it will look much different than the original trip that we have been envisioning for the past year.

While we have been eagerly planning and preparing for a late April start date, so many things are beyond our control. Like many of you, we are tuned into reports from health officials and governments that are being updated daily, if not hourly. As the situation evolves, we may need to postpone our trip. Canoe for Clean Water will continue to operate on the best available information and we will update you if anything changes.

Water First, the incredible charity that we are supporting, has also issued their own statement related to COVID-19, which we have attached in this email. We continue to fundraise for Water First through our Canada Helps page (, which is especially important during a time when many Indigenous communities are having to contend with this pandemic without clean running water. Canoe for Clean Water is so proud to be supporting Water First, whose emphasis on sustainable solutions and meaningful collaborations truly sets them apart.

Thank you for your early and continued support as we navigate our next steps.

All the best,

Holly, Lindsay, Ed, Jay, John

P.S. If you are looking for ways to engage with us during this period of social distancing, Canoe for Clean Water is hosting a synchronized virtual screening of the documentary “There’s Something in the Water” on Netflix on March 27th at 7PM EDT. For more information, check out the Facebook event for Community Couch here:

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