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April 4, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE
Saturday April 4, 2015

SACHIGO LAKE FIRST NATION MEMBERS TO BEGIN 1,000 KM WALK VIA WINTER ROAD TO THUNDER BAY IN MEMORY OF DANIEL LEVAC – JOURNEY OF NEW BEGINNINGS II

On Tuesday April 7, 2015, members of Sachigo Lake First Nation will begin the walk from their home community to Thunder Bay, ON to fundraise for the Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School – Student Living Centre. The walk will begin in Sachigo Lake, through the winter road that connects the remote First Nation to the highway via Pickle Lake, to Thunder Bay.

The Journey of New Beginnings II is in memory of 20 year old Daniel Levac, son, DFC student and member of Sachigo Lake First Nation who died as a victim of a violent attack in Thunder Bay on October 3, 2014.

This is the third fundraising walk that Sachigo Lake First Nation has initiated:

  • In 2011 Mr. Riley Barkman and team walked to Sioux Lookout to raise awareness and over $205,000 for a CT Scanner.
  • In 2013, the Journey of New Beginnings was completed (Sachigo Lake to Thunder Bay) to fundraise also for the DFC Student Living Centre. The team was able to fundraise $75,000 in donations.
  • On Tuesday April 7, 2015 – the Journey of New Beginnings II begins again.

The distance is 1,000 km, and estimated time for the journey to be completed is two (2) weeks.

DFC Student Living Centre, Thunder Bay
The DFC Student Living Centre is a Centre that will provide a safe, home away from home environment for students from northern communities traveling to Thunder Bay to receive their high school education. The centre will embrace the needs of the First Nation students by celebrating their culture and heritage in a structured, secure and welcoming environment. It is designed to be a community within a community.

Pledge Contact:
Attention: Robert Beardy, Sachigo Lake First Nation
Telephone: (807)595-2577 or Fax: (807)595-1119


Media Contacts:
Chief Alvin Beardy, Sachigo Lake First Nation
Cell: (807)738-1008

Stan L. Tait, Sachigo Lake First Nation
Tel: (807)595-2577

Jonathon Kakegamic, Principal - Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School
Tel: (807)623-8914
Cell: (807)629-7231