Solid Determination of Youth Melts the Miles
PICKLE LAKE, ONTARIO – The Sachigo Lake Walkers have made it to Pickle Lake, with a goal of making it to Mishkeegogamang First Nation by the end of Day Seven of their journey.
The walkers were treated today to new shoes courtesy of North Star Air.
Robert Barkman has been with the Walkers, he shares their journey:
Day 1: They walked 75 Kms. 8 Kms out of Muskrat Dam. They were met and joined by Sherman Mekanak of Bearskin Lake. They went past the security checkpoint before returning to Muskrat Dam for the night. Chief and Council had supper prepared and hotel accommodations.
Day 2: They walked 73.5 Kms. Cassandra Cutfeet of Muskrat Dam joined up with the walkers. And they spent a night at Weagamow. Council had hotel accommodations arranged for the night.
Day 3: They started their walk at 10:15 am. Carrie Anne of Sandy Lake was able to join up with group as they were leaving Weagamow. They returned to Weagamow with 7 Kms away from Windigo road, due to flooding on the road. The water was deep. They walked 45 Kms.
Day 4: They started their walk rather late. The walkers are to spend a night at Stirland Lake. And will continue on walking after a nights rest.
The RV was delivered to them loaded with groceries and it arrived last night. We will be leaving sometime after midnight to deliver gas, satellite phone and other items,
Day 5: 8 kms completed to Windigo. Continued on for 45 kms and plan was to spend a night a Stirland lake. They enjoyed the hospitality from Duane Roth and family. They were fed well and rested good.
Day 6: the goal was to reach Crystal Lake and journey on towards Pickle Lake. NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and other persons came to meet the walkers. They arrived Pickle Lake around 7 pm to have supper with Deputy Chief Alvin Fiddler, and Mr. Duncan. Also, the Mayor of Pickle met the walkers at Weston motel. We dropped off gas and satellite phone when we caught up with them. They were all in good health and happy to see us.
Day 7: they are to complete the remaining 26 kms to Pickle Lake and continue on to Mish. Shoes will be provided to each walker from North Star Air.
How you can help the Sachigo Lake Walkers
Donations can also be made via BMO bank Sioux Lookout Transit # 2403 Account # 24037-8997-965