Head Man: Joseph H. Jacobs
Head Lady: Joan Tipkey Jacobs
The local aboriginal community from both the United States metro Detroit area and local Windsor, Ontario area gathered at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park on Friday, August 10, 2012. With the sun shining and warm summer temperatures, the group gathered to launch the first ever USA-Canada Canoe Border Crossing as a peaceful demonstration of the rights stated and found in the Jay Treaty.
Local American Indian Movement of Michigan organizers Bryan Halfday and Helen Wolfe hold the event as a way to increase public awareness about aboriginal treaty rights, create local community support and to educate people about inherent and ancestral rights. The event is planned as a part of a three day weekend of events all related to the Honoring Our Traditions Pow Wow which is held in Lincoln Park, Michigan’s Council Point Park also organized by the local Michigan American Indian Movement chapter.