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The Quest of Wisjinichu-Nishiyuu, Quest For Unity

A group of young people and their guide from the James Bay Cree community of Whapmagoostui, Que embarked their journey with snowshoes and supplies in tow. They walked to Parliament Hill in Ottawa between January and March 2013, in support of idle no more movement. Once the group arrived in Ottawa were greeted by many supporters, politicians, and chiefs

Along the way, the original seven David Kawapit, Geordie Rupert, Raymond (Bajoo) Kawapit, Stanley George Jr., Travis George, Jordon Masty, and Johnny Abraham, as the Nishiyuu walkers became known, more walkers joined them from the communities they visited.  David Kawapit, who initiated the journey, by inspiration of Chief Theresa Spence’s fast in protest of government policies.

They travelled through historical trade route, they send out a message of unity to both other First nations and the rest of Canada to support, stand and in solidarity. The word Nishiyuu, means “human beings” in Cree, the name chosen to represent “interconnectedness of all life, as well as the oneness of time within which all life begins and ends” according to their website.

Over the course of their journey the Nishiyuu walkers gained little media attention, they updated their progress through social media and their official website.

Posted May 2014


Nishiyuu website