Manitoba woman's walk around Lake Winnipeg winds up

A Manitoba woman is almost finished her 1,000 kilometre walk along Lake Winnipeg, but she says the work to save the lake is about to begin.

Katherine Morrisseau-Sinclair says action to clean up lake now begins

A Manitoba woman is almost finished her 1,000 kilometre walk along Lake Winnipeg, but she says the work to save the lake is about to begin. 

Katherine Morrisseau-Sinclair has walked from Norway house to within a few kilometers of Manigotogan over the past 28 days.

Morriseau-Sinclair believes the lake has a spirit, and it needs to heal spiritually. 

She also wanted to raise awareness about the lake's threatened status as a freshwater body of water.

"I've seen fishermen talk about a time when that lake was so pristine and clean," she said. "And now that green algae is just smothering her. In Norway House, you know, they're afraid to allow their kids to swim."

Sinclair said the stories she's heard along the way about Lake Winnipeg are frightening.

"She's very sick, I've seen it firsthand," she said. "The people talk about fishermen, for example, in Grand Rapids who used to be able to fish so abundantly. [Now} they have a great deal of difficulty filling their quota."

Morrisseau-Sinclair said she's optimistic her walk has had an impact. 

She said she's thrilled people in communities along the shores say they will now band together to take action to clean up the lake.

Morrisseau-Sinclair is expected to reach Manigotogan Friday afternoon.