A walk across the country to raise awareness for murdered and missing indigenous women, girls, and the future generations is now underway.
The walk which started Thursday in Cape Croker (Neyaashiinigmiing) will take about a year, and Spokesperson Branden Emmerson says they started Friday morning in Wiarton and hope to be on the other side of Owen Sound by the end of the day.
The group will go onto Meaford and Collingwood in the next few days. .
Once the group reaches Sudbury, they will travel west on the Trans-Canada Highway to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, then travel back east to St. John’s, Newfoundland, and return west to Neyaashiinigmiing.
It will cover an approximate distance of 17,300 km.
Emmerson says they will be going to each territory and province, except for Nunavut
He says they are hoping to raise awareness but also bring together greater participation from all communities in the hopes of a resolution.
Right now, there are 6 people walking and 5 of those are doing the full walk.
Emmerson says all together, they hope to have 13 people take part.
He explains in their culture they have 13 months in the year, and the number 13 also links up to the national cycle level of a woman.
They have set up a Paypal and GoFundMe to help purchase a vehicle for the journey.
Emmerson says they are staring in the winter, as in their culture winter is the season of death and loss in the community.
Based on the distance they are travelling each day, they will arrive in the North West Territory when it is warmer.
You can follow the walk on their facebook page "Da-namaamin moseyang giw-ganchigaazjig kwewag"