A group of over 30 Jesuits, Indigenous and lay people are taking the first strokes towards a new relationship, as they embark on a month-long canoe pilgrimage from Midland, Ont., to Montreal to promote reconciliation.
Kevin Kelly, a Jesuit scholastic who helped organize the trip says, "Truth and reconciliation, the calls to action are all about how do we work together. Not how do we continue to lead as the settlers leading the First Nations, Metis and Inuit. It's much more about how do we work together. How do we support each other?"
Paul Jacques, a member of the Michipicoten First Nation, is the navigator for the team and said he said he is taking on the task to honour his ancestors on a route that pre-dates contact with Indigenous people. "There's been a lot of talk about reconciliation. The next step is to move forward with physical progress. Something concrete." This is definitely a conduit for that. I see that among the paddlers, we're reconciling with one another, so there's definitely forward progression."
Olivia Stefanovich, CBC News