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Idle No More gains momentum: Inspired by Chief Theresa's hunger strike, Quebec Cree youth are on a 1500 km walk to Ottawa to bring awareness to indigenous issues

Idle No More gains momentum: Inspired by Chief Theresa's hunger strike, Quebec Cree youth are on a 1500 km walk to Ottawa to bring awareness to indigenous issues

In an act that can only be described as courageous and inspiring, a group of Quebec Cree First Nations young people from Hudson Bay are walking for Idle No More.  They believe so strongly in their cause for unity, they are willing to walk 1,500 km (932 miles) to Ottawa in order to bring awareness to indigenous issues. The CBC reported that this may have been the starting idea, but that now, the journey has rapidly taken on a spiritual component.

Every day, the young people on the Journey of Nishiyuu are taking steps towards Ottawa. Since mid-January, a growing group of Cree youth has been walking in support of Idle No More. The original idea was to deepen their links to the culture and the environment. But as Melissa Natachequan found out, the walk is inspiring and healing many along the way.

The Toronto Star reports:

Almost two months after they departed Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuaraapik, Que., in –40 C weather, the walkers have covered more than 1,000 kilometres and rallied about 100 people to join them from communities along the way.

“They’re very determined,” said Matthew Mukash, a spokesperson for the march, who stayed behind but keeps tabs on the walkers. “The second day, in the evening, it went down to –58 and they slept in their canvas-covered lodge. . . . They went on like that for a month.”

This week, the group crossed into Algonquin territory and received a raucous welcome from locals in Lac-Simon, Que., before being treated to a feast with the whole community. The CBC broadcast an interview with the walkers when they reached Algonquin territory in Lac Simon:

“The time to stand united is now,” wrote Whapmagoostui Chief Stanley George in a letter of support. “Our youths will reinforce the traditional bonds that existed between the Cree Nation and our historical allies by restoring the traditional trade routes that linked the Cree, Algonquin, Mohawk and other First Nations.”

The walkers expect to reach Parliament Hill on March 25, where they will be welcomed by New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou), who will gather a party to greet them.

The story has not attracted a lot of press in Canada, even though the walkers have been on their journey since January 16, prompting this sarcastic meme last week on Idle No More's page on Facebook:


We at GodDiscussion salute the bravery of these people, are inspired by them, and wish them well on their journey. This writer lives near and works on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. Cante wasteya nape ciyuza pe…I take your hands with a good heart.

About Dakota O'Leary

Dakota O'Leary is a freethinker, and often sassy, scholar of theology and literature. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and her Master of Arts degree in Theology and Literature from Antioch University-Midwest. She is a contributing writer focusing on eschatology, biblical prophecy, and general religious news. Dakota is a co-host of the God Discussion radio show, offering insight to the news stories of the week. We like to call her "our in-house Biblical prophecy expert" as her articles on eschatology have received over 200,000 views on God Discussion.
  • Peter

    First I've heard of this. If the stories are in the national press they're buried somewhere. And that one shot looks like it's from the CBCs Quebec division but I certainly haven't seen it on the National with Mansbridge. Funny, also, all those running for the federal Liberal leadership are mute. I'll be looking for it now.

  • the_bradguy

    KisheManitou bless the walkers. Tuesday March 5, we made the 3 hour drive to greet them at Simon
    Sagagun. So inspiring. Last summer, the media ignored Leo Baskatawang
    walking across canada while dragging a copy of the infernal Indian Act
    chained to him, but The Journey of Nishiyuu will not go unreported
    because the IdleNoMore movement has moved these issues to the forefront.
    canada's once glowering international reputation lays in tatters
    because the skeletons in the closet of the settler gov't regarding the
    indigenous people of this land have finally been exposed to the world.
    canadian batakwin a waywin must end. Expected arrival on Parliament Hill
    for Journey of Nishiyuu is March 25.

  • spiritbear1

    If Thief Snacks a Lot was their inspiration these young people need to visit a psychiatrist to have their heads checked for trauma. My God would say that this woman is a sinner and she is going to burn in hell for all the wrongs and lies she has committed.

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