Two women to start nearly 260 kilometer journey of awareness

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Two women are raising awareness while travelling 200 kilometers by canoe- Photo from their facebook page

A Canoe trip to raise awareness has left Sault Ste Marie and is travelling the north shore of Lake Huron between Sault Ste. Marie and Spanish, on a goal to bring more awareness.

They are hoping to bring more attention to the history of residential schools and the present day realities indigenous communities face.

Paige and Lou are seen here with supporters Saturday before they left for their journey – Facebook photo

Paige Simon, one of the two who left Saturday morning at 11 a.m. from Bellevue Park. She told us the whole journey was inspired by the recent findings.

“So, both Lue and I, we felt really impacted by the news of the Kamloops mass grave site that they found with the 215 children, then more residential school sites were obviously searched, and they found more kids and unmarked graves,” said Simon. “We really felt that it was a time for us to reflect upon the children of the past and think about what we could do to change the realities that indigenous children face today.”

Simon and her lifelong friend Lou Mahaffey are also hoping to speak with residential school survivors and have a fundraising goal of $75,000 to go towards clean drinking water for indigenous populations in Canada. they are currently at just under $30,000 raised according to their Canadahelps.org page. The trip is scheduled to end near the residential school site in Spanish in two weeks time.

Stay with SaultOnline as we bring you updates on their journey as they become available.