Journey of New Beginnings II Just a Start
THUNDER BAY – The Sachigo Lake Walkers finished their 1000 kilometre walk on Monday. However the journey has not stopped. The efforts of the youth walking to Thunder Bay to raise awareness and funds for the Dennis Franklin Cromarty Student Living Centre are ongoing.
Most of the walkers simply let their actions do their talking. Ontario Regional Chief Beardy addressed that as “The youth are showing us the way, new leaders are coming forward…”
The Regional Chief shared with the audience the pain of losing a loved one, sharing how it has been for him since his son was murdered. It was an emotional afternoon.
The emotion of the walkers could be felt in the gymnasium at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School on Monday, as the Walkers remembers, shed tears, and shared hugs remembering their friend Dennis Levac, a DFC student who was being remembered.
Sandy Lake First Nation Chief Bart Meekis brought spirits up talking about how together “We can make Thunder Bay the best place in the world to live”. The Chief was enthusiastic in helping to get the Student Living Centre going.
Thunder Bay City Councillor, and Children and Youth Advocate Frank Pullia stated, “As the Child Advocate for the City of Thunder Bay it was my privilege to bring greetings on behalf of the city to the young walkers, chiefs and elders at DFC High School Monday afternoon. These youth from Sachigo Lake FN embarked on a journey of 1,000 km and a new beginning, and their strength of character and generosity of spirit, is a shining example of what we can accomplish together to make Thunder Bay a welcoming and safe city for all”.
Press Conference in Thunder Bay Welcoming Sachigo Lake Walkers
At Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, the Sachigo Lake Walkers were greeted by Chiefs, dignataries, friends, family, and school officials.
The rally started later than scheduled, as the people kept coming. Students needed to keep bringing in more chairs.