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The Journey of Nishiyuu

Revisiting the Journey of Nishiyuu

The Journey of Nishiyuu was a life-changing experience not only for the handful of young Cree people who set out from their community to head towards Parliament Hill, but for the people watching around the world. Quebec's Travelling Journalist Marika Wheeler visited Whapmagoostui this spring, a year after what became known as the Journey of Nishyuu, to find out how that walk changed the lives of the people involved. 

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When a group of young Cree set out on their journey in January, on foot, ready to weather the elements like their ancestors had generations before them, few thought they'd ever reach their goal.

But they did.

After walking 1,600 kilometers, from their village of Whapmagstooui, those young men and their guide walked into Ottawa and on to Parliament Hill at the end of March. Their journey had captured the attention of people all over the world. By the time they arrived their little group had grown to nearly 300 aboriginal youth...
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The Journey of the Nishiyuu didn't only redirect the life of the young man who started it... It also prompted his nation to rethink how they use traditional healing in the modern world. We find out what it was like for the Nishiyuu walkers once they got home to the village of Whapmagstooui, where it all started.

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The Journey of Nishiyuu arrives in Ottawa

1600 kilometres later, the Journey of Nishiyuu finally arrived at their destination Monday afternoon. Along the way, the original 7 Cree walkers were joined by Mohawk, Algonquin, Miq'mak and Inuit walkers in solidarity with their mission. Part of the goal was to unify people across cultures and nations, and the youth believe they have helped bridge that gap. Melissa Natachequan is the host of the Cree morning show on CBC North, and has been following the group over the past few months. She tells us what their arrival on Parliament Hill was like.
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The Journey of Nishiyuu nearing final destination of Ottawa

It's been more than two months and 1500 kilometres since six young Cree men and a guide set out on foot from their community of Whapmagoostui, en route to Ottawa, in support of Idle No More. Along the way, they've been joined by nearly 200 supporters on the Journey of Nishiyuu. CBC North's Melissa Natachequan joined us from Chelsea, Quebec as the walkers near their final destination.
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