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Youth bicyclists of Kitcisakik / Jeunes cyclistes de Kitcisakik

Group bike tour of Algonquin territory over a month long and 1311km

by Algonquin AAMP

The youths ready to bike. (Photo credit: Facebook page)
The youths ready to bike. (Photo credit: Facebook page)
All the youth. (Photo credit: Evelyne Papatie)
All the youth. (Photo credit: Evelyne Papatie)
Tour map
Tour map
Tour schedule, updated as of July 9
Tour schedule, updated as of July 9
-- Le Francais suivre au dessous --

A group of 14 Algonquin youth from Kitcisakik, accompanied by three adults, are currently on a bike tour of Algonquin territory. It is over a month, a route of over 1300km, visiting the different communities in a circuit (see attached map)

They began on July 3rd and have already biked to Kitigan Zibi (July 8-9). They now go south-west towards Golden Lake / Pikwakanagan and after there, go north-west. 
The attached schedule, is updated from the original posted schedule.
If you would like to support the group, they would appreciate the provision of lodging and/or food; monetary donations are also accepted.
You can follow the tour and contact the group through their Facebook page, Jeunes cyclistes de Kitcisakik.
This activity that is organised by the Health Center of Kitcisakik, is much more than a bike tour - it is a way to help the young to upgrade their self-esteem and confidence, as well asfind more purpose in their lives. This bike tour is a way to help them to know themselves better and to get a dream or a goal - and to be positive, courageous, and look forward, and to help them to get out of their standstill.
This activity is supported through the "Jordan's Principle" - a program from the governement which has the goal to help all First Nations children in difficulties without delay.

Jeunes cyclistes de Kitcisakik?

Vous connaissez?
Ce sont des jeunes de cette communauté algonquine qui sont partis en vélo le mercredi 3 juillet 2019. Pendant six (6) semaines, ils vont traverser les terres ancestrales algonquines Anicinape.

Leur défi : franchir plus de 1,000 kilomètres, un véritable exploit ! Cette activité, organisée et financée par le Centre de santé de Kitcisakik, est une première. Quant aux participants, eux, ils se sont engagés à rouler tous les jours, beau temps, mauvais temps!

Le but de cette randonnée, c’est de permettre aux jeunes de pour combattre leurs dépendances aux drogues, à l’alcool, d’augmenter leur confiance en eux et de fraterniser.
Ces objectifs relèvent du « Principe de Jordan ». Un programme du gouvernement qui donne accès à tous les enfants des Premières Nations aux services sociaux et d’éducation, sans délais.

Les dons:
La personne responsable des dons est Véronique Papatie, directrice du Centre de santé de Kitcisakik. Pour faire un don, utiliser le lien suivant :

D’autres informations:
Pour des informations générales, l’agente de communication au Conseil Anicinapek de Kitcisakik, Christine Limoges peut répondre à vos questions. Cellulaire : 819 527-0130


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