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Council of Canadians shows solidarity to the Nishiyuu Walkers

The Nishiyuu Walkers arrived in Ottawa yesterday after their 1600-kilometre journey from the community of Whapmagoostui in northern Quebec. The walk began with seven Cree youth and swelled to over two hundred by the time they reached Ottawa. The purpose of the walk was to send the message that the Cree Nation of Quebec are keepers of the Language, Culture, Tradition and that they still carry the sacred laws of their ancestors. The walkers were calling for unity among Algonquin, Mohawk, other First Nations and Canadians.

Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union President Dave Coles and Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow, Media Officer Dylan Penner and myself joined the Nishiyuu walkers as they completed their 1500-kilometre journey to Ottawa yesterday. The walkers received a warm welcome at Victoria Island as well as on Parliament Hill after their 59 day trek. The afternoon was filled with drumming and singing.

Thousands of people gathered on Parliament Hill and speeches from National Chief Shawn Atleo, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, New Democratic Leader Thomas Mulcair, Chief Theresa Spence, regional chiefs and many others. The afternoon ended with a giant round dance that surrounded Parliament Hill’s lawn.

The Council of Canadians is truly inspired by the strength, courage and leadership that the Nishiyuu Walkers have shown. We support the protection of the Cree Language, Culture and Tradition and look forward to working in unity to protect mother earth!