First Nations Man Paddles 1,500 Miles to Homeland

5 Jul

On June 25, Sam Hunter of Weenusk First Nation reached Hudson Bay after paddling 1,500 miles (The Weenusk First Nation is a Cree First Nation in Ontario). He began his journey on May 23 near Pickle Lake.

An article in the Wawatay News Online reported that Hunter loved reaching his homeland and the coastline because of the abundance of wildlife. Though Hunter started the journey with a friend, he continued alone when his companion returned home on June 7 due to injury.

Along the way, Hunter fished and occasionally hunted geese to supplement the dried noodles he brought along. He stopped to visit the Nibinamik First Nation and the Webequie First Nation, where he was welcomed with a gathering and supper. Since returning, he is reportedly restless and planning another canoe expedition. He also hopes to teach some of the youth in his home community of Peawanuck how to canoe and make camps, fires and traditional food. Read the full article HERE.

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