On March 28 Taylor David began his journey from Victoria, British Columbia that will end on June 21 in Ottawa. David states that “this walk is done to honor our grandmothers, grandfathers, brothers, sisters, and anyone affected by the residential school atrocity. It is about the reconciliation that corporate greed needs to show to the environment and us as human beings for the wealth and health it is stealing from us! It is about the cancer survivors, and fighters. It is about all the brothers and sisters who go fight in wars that don’t concern us and are left with wounds far deeper than bullets get, and the government that has abandoned them. It is about healing wounds through prayer and connection. For me it is about Love.”
TRT: What motivated you to do this journey?
TD: I have volunteered at Truth and Reconciliation events in Victoria and I was a Cultural Support Worker in Vancouver. My grandfather, mother and others came to me in a dream. They carried me across the ocean like a baby. Set me on the mainland and asked me to walk for them.
TRT: What do you hope to accomplish with this journey?
TD: I want to wake up those who are still spiritually asleep. Educate those who don’t know. Heal, share and grow.
TRT: Have you had any sponsors yet?
TD: Not yet but I have had a lot of support from the communities. I will be walking and praying and smudging along the way. I have 3 bundles of sage to start and 3 sweetgrass braids and some tobacco. But will need more. I have a chequing account #3008-587 transit#32589 institution#001 at Bank of Montreal. My DOB October 1st 1972. My address is 4491 Abraham Crt, Victoria. Email money transfer can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. The security question answer should be James and I will be able to receive any and all monetary help. Chi Miigwetch.
Taylor has created the Facebook page “Walking for the survivors and the families that never made it home.” He will be walking along Hwy 17 to Hwy 1 then straight across. Thanks to John Entropp, he has a cell phone (250-220-0823) and can receive texts but no incoming calls yet.