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Innu Meshkenu walkers arrive at Kuujjuaq after 550 km trek

A group of about 20 walkers participating in the Innu Meshkenu Cross Country Walk has arrived in Kuujjuaq, Que., about a month after leaving the Innu village of Matimukush, near Schefferville.

Group of about 20 left Innu village of Matimukush Feb. 28

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      A group of about 20 walkers participating in the Innu Meshkenu walk have arrived in Kuujjuaq, Que., about a month after leaving the Innu village of Matimukush, near Schefferville.

      The 550-kilometre walk took 26 days. Walkers included Naskapi, Innu and Inuit.

      Innu doctor Stanley Vollant has organized a series of these walks over the last five years. He uses the Innu Meshkenu (Innu Trail) program to inspire young people to learn about their history and develop healthy lifestyles.

      Vollant said the walk to Kuujjuaq has been the coldest and most gruelling for him so far but he added he wants the walk to continue further north to other Inuit communities next time.

      Vollant is now visiting Kuujjuaq schools to talk about the importance of keeping culture and identity thriving. 

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