Sachigo Lake Walkers Complete 1100 Kilometre Walk

Sachigo Lake Walkers complete the Walk for New Beginnings III at the Thunder Bay Court House
Sachigo Lake Walkers complete the Walk for New Beginnings III at the Thunder Bay Court House

Sachigo Lake Walkers complete the Walk for New Beginnings III at the Thunder Bay Court House
Sachigo Lake Walkers complete the Walk for New Beginnings III at the Thunder Bay Court House

Walk to Raise Funds for Student Learning Centre

THUNDER BAY – Sachigo Lake demonstrated major determination and courage. A group of five walkers, down from the original six completed their walk to Thunder Bay this afternoon.

This is Sachigo Lake’s third time completing the 1100 kilometre walk to raise funds for the Dennis Franklin Cromarty Living Centre.

Walk leader Robert Barkman and community members and Elders shared happy smiles at the end of this journey.

The walkers were greeted by DFC students, the lawyers for the student inquest at the Court House on Brodie Street, and supporters.

Dennis Franklin students and supporters greet the Sachigo Lake Walkers
Dennis Franklin students and supporters greet the Sachigo Lake Walkers

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox welcomed walkers from the Sachigo Lake First Nation on the completion of ‘Journey of New Beginnings lll’, a 1,000-kilometre journey to raise funds for the proposed Dennis Franklin Cromarty Living Centre in Thunder Bay.

NAN Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox greets Robert Barkman at Court House
NAN Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox greets Robert Barkman at Court House

“We applaud the courage and dedication the walkers have shown while striving to raise awareness and improve the lives and safety of students who have to move away from home to attend high school,” said Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox, who holds the education portfolio. “The need for awareness on the issues youth face while living away from home is paramount in creating a safer environment for learning and growing.”

The walkers ended their journey at the Thunder Bay Courthouse to commemorate the seven NAN youth who have died since 2000 while attending school in Thunder Bay.

Support the Walkers!

To support the Dennis Franklin Cromarty Student Living Centre visit the GoFundMe Page.