The Nishiyuu walkers arrived in Ottawa today. They walked to Parliament Hill. Many were there to greet them….although not our Prime Minister Steven Harper who thought meeting Panda bears from China was more important.
The Quest of Wisjinichu-Nishiyuu, Quest For Unity
6 Youth under the age of 20 with two guides wish to walk to …Ottawa and arrive in Parliament Hill. This is a strong message to prove to other First Nations across Canada that the Cree Nation of Quebec are not sellouts, but keepers of the Language, Culture, Tradition and more importantly; today, we still carry the sacred laws of our ancestors.
This Quest-Journey will establish and unite our historical allies and restore our traditional trade routes with the Algonquin, Mohawk and other First Nations. The time for Unity is now.
Through Unity and Harmony, the quest will revive the voices of our “Anskushiyouch”. Their voices will be heard once more. With their guidance and strength, the Truth to all the sacred teachings will be revived and we will become once more, a powerful United Nations across Turtle Island.
The warriors have awaken and will rise:
The Cree people have always been fierce warriors; they have always been the gatekeepers of the North. They have had many battles and disputes over the territory, and to this day we have never surrendered our land to no nation, not now, not ever.
This land, the earth, the rivers, the winds, the mountains, the clouds and all of the creation, we are the true keepers and will continue to do so until time on earth is over. This Quest, it is time the Youth become the Warriors and the leaders for they are the “Anskushshiyouch” as foretold.
The Earth Walkers, the beings put here on earth to protect all of Chisamanitou’s Creation. In unity, in harmony, in peace, in war, we will achieve.
Stanley George Jr, Johnny Abraham, David Kawapit, Raymond Kawapit, Geordie Rupert, Travis George Isaac Kawapit (Guide)
The original group of seven people from Whapmagoostui to Ottawa picked up more than 300 fellow travellers along the way.
From the Globe & Mail’s Teen’s 1,100-km trek promoting Cree unity coming to end in Ottawa:
David Kawapit, an 18-year-old Cree from the tiny James Bay community of Whapmagoostui, left his home on Jan. 16 to walk all the way to Ottawa.
It was his way of participating in the Idle No More grassroots movement. On Monday, he will arrive in the nation’s capital, along with his half-dozen original travelling companions and the almost 300 others who joined them along the way.
“The message we wanted to bring was unity with Cree nations,” Mr. Kawapit said in an interview on Sunday. “I wanted to ensure that the next generation of youth have good lives, ones where they don’t have to fight for their native rights.”
During his nearly 10-week journey, Mr. Kawapit endured temperatures that dipped below –50 C and snow storms. But the most difficult thing, he said, was being so far away from his family, including his nine brothers and sisters.
“Every day was a challenge, but I proved to myself I can pass those challenges,” he said. “ It’s really good that everyone’s paying attention.”
Along the way, his group attracted considerable attention both to their journey by foot as well as the native unrest brewing in so many communities.
It was Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike that initially inspired Mr. Kawapit to make his journey to Ottawa.
Whapmagoostui Chief Stanley George helped him prepare for the 1,100-kilometre trip.
Whapmagoostui, also known as Great Whale, is the last Cree community before the Arctic. It is home to more than 900 Cree and located on the eastern coast of Hudson Bay.
Chief George told The Globe and Mail that the most amazing part of the trip was the warm welcome the group received in many communities, especially as they entered non-aboriginal areas of Quebec.
On Saturday, the town of Wakefield, just north of Ottawa, pulled out all the stops to greet the travellers. The town’s 500 residents prepared a hot dinner in the community centre, where the travellers spent the night. It was Wakefield resident Scott Duncan’s idea to provide lodgings and meals for the group. He had been avidly following the group’s journey online.
Chief George said he hopes to join the group for the final 15-kilometre leg of their journey on Monday, when they travel from the community of Chelsea to Ottawa. But he said he got blisters after walking 12 kilometres on Saturday with them.
“It just showed me the strength and courage these young people have,” he said.
I have spent most of the afternoon today watching the live feed from Ottawa of the Nishiyuu walkers arriving….and going to Parliament Hill….
We can learn from the Nishiyuu walkers….it is important to ‘walk the walk not just talk the talk’….
Miigwech to the Nishiyuu walkers.