July 18, 2018
It is Tuesday evening, the finish of Day 3 of Healing Walk 2018, the 2ndannual Healing Walk even hosted by Ginoogaming First Nation and Long Lake #58 First Nation near the Town of Longlac, and I am still admiring the strength and resolve of the people who are taking part in this year’s event.
To be a “Spiritwalker”, a person who participates in this Healing Walk event, there are only a few prerequisites: (1) a personal commitment to both personal as well as community-level healing and wellness; and (2) the desire to walk long distances.
“Long” may be a relative term. Some Spiritwalkers will join us for short bursts of only a kilometre or two. This is still a vital and important contribution to the team. Others will walk for longer distances, extending out to five kilometres, or maybe even ten kilometres.
The average human walking speed on flat pavement is five kilometres per hour, so this equals an hour or two, which is also remarkable in terms of achievement and contribution to the entire group as a whole.
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