Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 07/26/2013 3:07 PM | Comments: 0
After 18 days on choppy waters, members of the Ininiwi Aski Quest finished with a smooth glide into their Winnipeg port.
The crew from the Northern Manitoba community of Cross Lake arrived to the sound of drums and cheers at The Forks this afternoon. It was a warm welcome for the paddlers, who made the 890-kilometre canoe journey through mighty headwinds, a few thunderstorms and a broken boat.
"This is special, this is really something else," a humbled Nelson McKay said moments after stepping out of the large warrior canoe and on the concrete platform that hugged the Assiniboine River. "It was tough but the arms and shoulders feel good, though. I could keep going."
The goal of the 18-day paddle that started at Cross Lake (Pimicikamak Cree Nation), south along the east side of Lake Winnipeg and eventually onto the Red River, was to get the youth in the Northern Manitoba community connected to their environment. It was also designed to bring attention to the needs of Lake Winnipeg, which environmental groups have distinguished as one of the most threatened lakes in the world.
The paddlers were supposed to leave on July 7 but the weather in Cross Lake wouldn’t co-operate, so the launch was pushed back to the next day. They made it to Norway House the first day on the water, but were forced to wait another day because of high winds.
At one point, the group had to fetch another canoe from Cross Lake, as their first vessel cracked due to the stress of the 14-member crew and the rocky waters.
Officials with the journey reported no injuries (outside of a jammed pinkie finger) and no health issues for any of the members -- including an 81-year-old grandmother -- along the way.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Brian Bowman wins mayoral battle
Gilroy seizes Daniel McIntyre after close race
DNA testing will determine if accused is mother of 6 dead infants
Schreyer unseats Steen in Elmwood-East Kildonan
Dobson unseats incumbent in St. Charles
Canada won't be cowed by terrorist attack: PM
Capital-region voters send law-and-order message
Morantz edges Duncan in Charleswood-Tuxedo
Dierks Bentley gets Winnipeg’s vote
Scott Gillingham wins in St. James-Brooklands
Lukes wins boss' vacated seat in St. Norbert
Orlikow beats Taz in River Heights-Fort Garry
Bruce Henley re-elected mayor in West St. Paul
Family, friends, colleagues bid farewell to Lindor Reynolds
Pagtakhan retains Point Douglas seat
Pike new mayor in St. Andrews
Devi Sharma squeaks in win in Old Kildonan
Wyatt reinstated in Transcona
Voters stick with status quo for school boards
Winnipeg votes: Oct. 22, 2014
Mayes re-elected in St. Vital
Eadie back for second term in Mynarski
Matt Allard elected councillor in St. Boniface
Gerbasi holds down Fort-Rouge-East Fort Garry
Browaty holds on to North Kildonan
Voter turnout highest in a decade
Bombers offensive line uncertain heading into must-win game against B.C.
Soldier killed in Parliament Hill siege
Expert: Autopsy doesn't show if Brown went for gun
Man, 26, killed in crash on Highway 3 between Sanford and Oak Bluff
Family: Doctors don't detect Ebola in nurse's body
Attorney says Kings' Voynov didn't hit girlfriend
Jets apply tourniquet
Senate to hear more cluster bomb testimony
Security at Manitoba Legislature tightened after Ottawa shooting
Griddle me this
Bradlee recalled as a genius, great journalist
Last chance to vote: Polls open until 8 p.m.