In the meantime the Survival March got underway. The elderly, accompanied by their young grandchildren, started the trek to Gajaa Héen (Old Sitka).
At nightfall, the House Chiefs met again. This time the discussion concerned the actual Survival March, and the details were arranged. The elderly and their grandchildren had already moved out. They were followed by the young mothers with infant children.
Now the plans were laid out for the rest of the clan to follow. The meeting broke up as each family had to organize itself for the long march.
A second meeting was called by the younger house chiefs and house chiefs-to-be.
"Survival is not enough," said the young chiefs. "We must plan for our return to Sheet'ká. We must blockade Peril Straits. No Tlingit must be allowed to trade with the Russians in Sheet'ká. We must return to Sheet'ká for the herring egg harvest in Sheet'ká and to all our fish camps next summer. All Tlingits must know that the Kiks.ádi still own Sheet'ká."
The older chiefs quickly agreed to the plan.
Preparation began in earnest for the Survival March.
The House Chiefs told their people, "Take only what is absolutely needed. For we will do as marchers have done down through the ages. We will eat off the land as we go."