On May 1, 2011, a small team of committed individuals will begin a healing journey that will see them walk over 7,000 kms in 8 months from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean…
Micheal Gladue (7GEN Founder & Youth Counsellor), Ervin Chartrand ( Ex-Gang member/Filmmaker) and Dakota House (Actor & Youth Worker) will be participating in the cross Canada journey. They all share similar stories of perseverance through many of life’s challenges that today’s youth can relate to, and such, have come together in solidarity to bring the “Walk for Nations” to life.
The Seven Generations Healing Network (7GEN) is a working network of Indigenous men and women who have committed their energies, talents, experience and leadership to help rebuild, support, and bring opportunities to communities across Turtle Island.
“To be on another journey is an awakening to my spirit and the Creator is my guide to our people that need my help, so now I walk to tell my story to our youth across our nation,” says Chartrand.
“The “Walk For Nations” will raise awareness and funds for 7GEN’s Urban Youth Safe House Healing Program called “Awasis Nekan Ote”, meaning “Here, The Children Come First” in the Cree language. This program is culturally-driven and will offer youth traditional teachings and a place to practice traditional rites of passage,” says Mike Gladue, Founder and Chairman of Seven Generation Healing Network. The program will be delivered in two phases, an outdoor cultural camp with traditional teachings in the first phase, and for the second phase, hands-on skills training in various industries lead by 7GEN Mentors.
“We as frontline youth workers need to support one another in our collective goal to help our youth and the Walk for Nations will assist with this vision,” says Mr. House.
Organizers for the walk would like to invite communities across the nation to join them as they walk through their traditional territories. They also are gladly accepting any donations that would assist the walkers during the 8-month journey.
The walk will begin in Miawpukek, Mik Maq First Nation on May 1st and will wrap up in Campbell River, BC in December 2011.
For more information or to book an interview please contact:
Tracie Louttit at 780.318.9909 or firstname.lastname@example.org