From Mashteuiatsh to Wendake: a 260 km pilgrimage for reconciliation

From Mashteuiatsh to Wendake: a 260 km pilgrimage for reconciliation

UPDATE DAY

A group of First Nations people, who left Lac-Saint-Jean on foot, covered the last kilometers on Tuesday that separated them from Wendake, in Quebec. 

This 260-kilometre walk between Mashteuiatsh and Wendake, through the Laurentides wildlife reserve, lasted six days.

“It was a very physical journey, but one that was very hard emotionally. too”, explained to TVA Nouvelles Jay Launière-Mathias, the director of the organization Puamun Meshkenu.

The pilgrimage aims to bring the spotlight back to the survivors of residential schools for Aboriginal children as well as those who are there. dead, while honoring the ancestors.

“There is a lot of talk about the pope during the visit, but it is important to remember that the reason the pope comes is to present his apologies to the ex-residents,” says Jay Launière-Mathias.

The walkers were also able to count on the encouragement of p Several motorists, cyclists and citizens.

In addition to friendly honks, the members of the pilgrimage were offered fruit, water and even cupcakes during their journey.

These will then take the road to the Plains of Abraham where Pope Francis is to make an appearance on Wednesday.