The Journey of Nishiyuu
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The Journey of Nishiyuu
“The Journey of Nishiyuu,” which means “The Journey of the People” in Cree.
Cree Idle No More walkers near end of 1,600 km trek to Ottawa
The long walk will soon be over for a group of youths from the James Bay Cree community of Whapmagoostui, Que., who expect to arrive in Ottawa Monday after trekking about 1,600 kilometres.
Six young people and a guide left the community in January, planning to snowshoe to Ottawa to show support for the Idle No More movement. They are calling the trek “The Journey of Nishiyuu,” which means “The Journey of the People” in Cree.
More children and youth joined them from Cree and Algonquin communities in their path.
The group, now numbering close to 200, arrived at the Kitigan Zibi Algonquin reserve earlier this week.
On arrival in Kitigan Zibi, 22 of the walkers sought medical attention at the community’s clinic for foot injuries and three were sent to hospital in Maniwaki for further treatment.
The group has received warm welcomes in the communities where they have rested, and their Facebook group has more than 32,000 members.
David Kawapit, 18, of Whapmagoostui, said the support they've received on their journey has been phenomenal.
"We're all doing this for everyone,” he said. “We're helping ourselves, we're helping our family and we're giving hope, really, for whoever is listening to what we are doing. It gives us inspiration and courage to keep on going."
The walkers are approaching the Ottawa-Gatineau region alongside Highway 105 southbound. They’re expected to arrive at Victoria Island Monday for a welcoming ceremony between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and then walk to Parliament Hill.
The Quest of Wisjinichu-Nishiyuu, Quest For Unity http://nishiyuujourney.ca/
ABOUT The Quest of Wisjinichu-Nishiyuu, Quest For Unity
Summary: 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.
Mission: 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.
Vision: 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.
ORIGINAL SEVEN: Stanley George Jr, Johnny Abraham, David Kawapit, Raymond Kawapit, Geordie Rupert, Travis George Isaac Kawapit (Guide)
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HEY DESERVE TO BE CELEBRATED...OUR YOUTH ARE ON THE MOVE
David Kawapit Jr. is a name that everyone who cares about this country deserves to know. This young man, a 17-year-old Cree from the isolated community Whapmagoostui on Hudson Bay in northern Quebec, decided it would be a good idea to walk 1,600 kilometres to Ottawa in support of the Idle No More movement. Some of his friends joined him. So with temperatures apparently hovering at around -50C, he and six others left home on Jan. 16, trekking on snowshoes and pulling their supplies, stopping at communities along the way to tell people that they wanted changes to how Indigenous people are treated in Canada. They want to change the contempt with which they are treated, they want to end the blockage placed in front of them designed to quash their aspirations and heritage, they want to end the mentality of relegation that sees so many First Nations forced into to the lowest status imaginable by the political and cultural mainstream. The gesture reflected the mood across the country in the middle of January, when Idle No More was in full flow with protests and media attention. But there was little attention shown to these young people quietly walking through the forests. At the time of writing, I can't find much in the mainstream national press, nothing in the Globe and Mail about it, nothing in the National Post, a couple of stories on CBC North, one story in the Toronto Star -- but nothing for the whole country to se
Just over two months ago, they left the small Cree community of Whapmagoostui on Hudson Bay in northern Queebc. Since then, they've been walking through the cold, snow, and woods to Ottawa - enduring temperatures of minus 40-50C to support the Idle No More Movement. They set out January 16th - six young people and a 49-year-old guide/master hunter - inspired by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike. The youngest walker is an 11-year-old girl, Abby Masty from Whapmagoostui.
Indigenous youth on epic journey to Ottawa deserve attention and respect http://rabble.ca/news/2013/03/indigenous-youth-epic-journey-ottawa-deserve-attention-and-respect