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1,200-kilometre walk planned to begin on National Aboriginal Day

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Compiled by Debora Steel
Volume: 
31
Issue: 
4
Year: 
2013

Over the course of 26 days starting June 21, National Aboriginal Day, representatives of First Nations communities in Ontario are planning to walk the 1,200-kilometre distance around Georgian Bay to raise awareness of decreasing water levels. The Spirit Lake Water Walk – or Mnidoo Gaamining Bimooseyang, as it is called in Anishinabemowin – will start on Beausoleil First Nation territory in Tiny Township. “Our survival is completely dependent on water,” event organizers said in a press release. “This is an issue of humanity that will affect everyone who resides near these waters. We must protect it for our children and future generations.” The walk will travel through 44 municipalities and 11 First Nation communities before winding up back at the start point.

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