A grandmother from Elsipogtog First Nation has had to put her plan to walk to Amherst, N.S., to promote the Idle No More movement on hold after injuring her foot.
"The journey's on pause, it's not over," Lorraine Clair told CBC News from her home on Monday afternoon.
Clair had set out on the 130-kilometre trek, called Walk for Future Generations, on Friday at sunrise, in an effort to continue the fight against shale gas development and a cross-Canada pipeline.
She had hoped to meet with Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Bernard Valcourt when she reached Amherst.
Clair made it as far as south of Scoudouc by Sunday night but then her support van bumped her by accident, causing her to stumble and hurt her foot, she said.
She had tried to keep going, but the pain was too much, so she took a break, she said. She removed her shoe and then couldn't get it back on.
'When I hear all of the horns beeping and everything, I know it's waking people up and I know that people are glad that somebody is doing something.'—Lorraine Clair
An emergency room doctor told her she pulled a ligament and ordered her to stay off her feet for three days, she said.
So Clair plans to wait until her daughter finishes school for the year, then she'll pick up where she left off and finish the journey in the name of her grandchildren.
Clair said she appreciates all the support she received from people along the route, who were honking and waving.
She chose to do the walk because it seemed like the best way to raise awareness, she had told CBC News on Sunday..
"It just seems to wake up people, because it's right there in their face. If we sit down and we do a protest, people can avoid it … they can go around it. And that's why I'm doing it, a walk, because I'm getting the support," Clair said.
Keeping movement alive
"When I hear all of the horns beeping and everything, I know it's waking people up and I know that people are glad that somebody is doing something."
Sylvia McAdam, one of the Idle No More founders, said people like Clair are what's keeping the movement alive and what will ultimately make it successful.
"Power is with the people, not the leadership," said McAdam. "We can definitely change the leadership in the next election."
The Idle No More movement is fighting to have federal omnibus budget Bill C-45 struck down and to raise awareness about native issues.
The grassroots movement wants to "stop the Harper government from passing more laws and legislation that will further erode treaty and indigenous rights and the rights of all Canadians."
Its mission statement reads, "Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honours and fulfils Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water."
A national day of action in January saw demonstrators take to the streets at border crossings, bridges and railways. Other activities includes rallies and prayer circles.