A group of young people from the James Bay Cree community of Whapmagoostui, Que., has arrived in the Ottawa-Gatineau region as they near the end of a 1,600-kilometre trek to the nation's capital.
Six young people and a guide left their community in January to snowshoe to Ottawa in support of the Idle No More movement. They called the trek "The Journey of Nishiyuu," which means "The Journey of the People" in Cree.
The group now numbers about 270, according to volunteers, after other children and youth from Cree and Algonquin communities joined them along the way.
The journey continued Sunday afternoon as the group walked down Highway 105 southbound near Chelsea, Que., more than a three-hour walk from Ottawa.
Chelsea restaurant Les Fougères also offered to host the group for dinner Sunday evening.
Welcome ceremony at Victoria Island Monday
They are expected to arrive Monday at Victoria Island, which is connected to Ottawa, where a welcome ceremony has been scheduled between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.
The group will then complete their walk to Parliament Hill.
Earlier in the week, "The Journey of Nishiyuu" arrived at the Kitigan Zibi Algonquin reserve in west Quebec where 22 of the walkers sought medical attention at the community’s clinic for foot injuries.
Three members of the group were also sent to hospital in nearby Maniwaki, Que., for further treatment.
The group has received warm welcomes in the communities where they have rested and their Facebook group has more than 32,700 members.