This is the basis for my first foray into children’s fiction and working with local artistic talent for illustrations…. ‘Walking for Clean Water – Pukatawagan on the Move’ is based on real-life events in Pukatawagan, scenic remote northern Manitoba.
In July 1994, the people of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation had been sickened for over 6 months by highly-contaminated water. Weary of delays by various authorities to repair the faulty water-sewage system, the community decided to take their concerns on a 800 kilometre trek south to Winnipeg – The Journey for Life – right to the Manitoba legislature.
The Journey for Life by Pukatawagan children, women, men, and elders for clean water is a significant event of peaceful activism in Canada’s First Nations history.
-> the cover will look very different from this photo of the MCCN at the legislature