CANADIAN CANOE PILGRIMAGE TOURS THE OTTAWA VALLEY 8/8/2017 8:49:15 AM
The Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage has made its way to the Ottawa Valley. The first stop was in Deep River on Saturday, where myFM caught up with some of the paddlers. Lise Langridge is a Metis from Fort Kent, Alberta, and she says that when she decided to join the pilgrimage, she was worried she didn't quite fit the description of who they wanted.
There is quite an age range involved, with the paddlers ranging in age from 18 to 73. One of the younger ones is Kendra Sorenson, a Catholic from Red Deer, Alberta, and she says part 1 of the paddle has taken its toll at times.
The pilgrimage visited Pembroke on Sunday and is expected in Arnprior today (Tuesday). It will end in Montreal later this month. They were following a traditional route that settlers like Samuel de Champlain would have taken with help from Indigenous guides. The pilgrimage is a way to try and encourage Canadians to work together for reconciliation.