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Idle No More

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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Spiritual side of Journey of Nishiyuu

JimmyTimWhiskeychan-Facebook.jpgEvery day, the young people on the Journey of Nishiyuu are taking steps towards Ottawa. Since mid-January, a growing group of Cree youth has been walking in support of Idle No More. In early March, the youth will arrive in Algonquin territory, with a first stop in Lac Simon. The original idea was to deepen their links to the culture and the environment. But as CBC's Melissa Natachequan found out, the walk is inspiring and healing many along the way.
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11-year-old girl joins Nishiyuu walk to Ottawa

Abby Masty (photo courtesy of Nishiyuu facebook page)Abby Masty is on a journey that few people her age will ever take. The 11-year-old left Chisasibi earlier this week to join other Cree youth on a walk to Ottawa, more than 1300 kilometres away.

It's been three weeks since the original seven walkers set out from Whapmagoostui. The Nishiyuu walk - or walk of the Cree people - is meant to lend support to the Idle No More movement and draw attention to Cree culture and environmental issues.

The walkers have drawn attention from around the world, earning themselves 23 000 facebook followers.

Abby's mother Rita Masty talks to Susan about why her daughter wanted to do the walk, and why she wanted her to go.

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