A tribute bike ride to Ottawa from Saskatchewan – Anishinabek News

A tribute bike ride to Ottawa from Saskatchewan – Anishinabek News

by ahnationtalk on October 6, 2021226 Views

October 6, 2021

LAKE HURON NORTH SHORE — As a tribute to children who attended Indian Residential Schools, a group of four individuals from Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation (PBCN) in northern Saskatchewan has been on a bike ride since Aug. 2, determined to reach Ottawa by Sept. 30, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Riders include 41-year-old Veronique McCallum, her 21-year-old daughter Creedence, Samara Linklater aged 16, and the youngest daughter of Veronique, eight-year-old Kori Bear. Throughout their journey, the riders have taken turns riding the two bikes they are using. As of Sept. 25, the group had travelled 2,415 km. Reports from the group indicate that they are likely to arrive in Ottawa no later than Oct. 2; however, their goal is to reach their destination by Sept. 30. By Sept. 28, the group was east of North Bay heading for Ottawa.

Throughout their journey, the group has met and held ceremonies with several First Nations on their route. After reaching Ontario, they were welcomed by Batchewana, Ojibways of Garden River, Thessalon, and Mississauga #8 First Nations, as well as Nipissing First Nation. While on the North Shore of Lake Huron, the bicyclists enjoyed the hospitality of the warm and caring people of Mississauga #8 First Nation.

Read More: http://anishinabeknews.ca/2021/10/06/a-tribute-bike-ride-to-ottawa-from-saskatchewan/

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