Dominique Normand/YouTube
Video still from "Journey of the Nishiyuu 2013 - Whapmagoostui - Ottawa"

Relive the Triumph of the Nishiyuu Walkers in Video

ICTMN Staff
5/8/13

More than a month after the Nishiyuu walkers marched triumphantly into Ottawa from the northern reaches of Ontario, they are continuing to inspire.

The original group of seven had snowshoed for two months from Whapmagoostui First Nation, up near the Arctic Circle, to Ottawa, joined along the way by nearly 300 more walkers. (Related: Idle No More Youth 'Show Strength of Cree Culture' in 900-Mile Frozen Trek to Ottawa)

Arriving at Parliament Hill on March 28, they were greeted by cheering crowds of up to 5,000, according to police estimates. (Related: Nishiyuu Youth Walkers Greeted by Cheering, Thousands-Strong Crowd in Ottawa)

The first video below captures the last minutes of the walkers’ journey from the inside.

"Nanaskumuin Nishiyuu! What a blessing for me to witness, feel and share the magic, the love and the courage," wrote Dominique Normand, who posted the first video. "While following your amazing journey, walking the last five kilometers, working on that short film, I have been filled with joy, sadness, hope, pride and cried many times. Thank you so much, you have made a big difference in my life."

Underneath it, the walkers were filmed from a spectator’s vantage point as they strode across the city limits. Together, a great midweek shot in the arm.

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Marcelene Anderson
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Celebrate a new generation of Cree leaders who are making a difference and will make many more to come!

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I am a 63 year old Chilcotin woman. From the Interior of British Columbia. I do not know how many walks I have been on, in my time. Plenty, for the cause of The Red Nation. And I am still walking. And I will continue to walk for the " CAUSE." And I am very sure that my family will continue to walk long after I leave this Planet. I think it's called following my Grandfather's FOOTSTEPS. I love it. And all you young folks that are following. Thanks all my relations Dorothy Coyote

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dorothy coyote
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I am a 63 year old Chilcotin woman. From the Interior of British Columbia. I do not know how many walks I have been on, in my time. Plenty, for the cause of The Red Nation. And I am still walking. And I will continue to walk for the " CAUSE." And I am very sure that my family will continue to walk long after I leave this Planet. I think it's called following my Grandfather's FOOTSTEPS. I love it. And all you young folks that are following. Thanks all my relations Dorothy Coyote
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