Norman Shewaybick, flanked by his sons and Jessie Sofea,
drags an oxygen tank as they begin to walk the winter road to Webequie First Nation.
Photo Credit: Blue Earth Photography
THUNDER BAY, ON --- February 25, 2015 ------ A group of walkers led by Webequie First Nation member Norman Shewaybick launched Healing Journey Home 2016 on February 12, 2016 to raise awareness of the lack of health services in remote First Nations following the loss of his wife last year.
Shewaybick, a high school teacher in Webequie, his sons Leon, Erick and Brandon and supporters are walking in memory of his wife Laura, who was medevaced from the remote First Nation in respiratory distress after the nursing station’s supply of oxygen was extinguished. She passed away while hospitalized in Thunder Bay in October 2015. They are honouring her memory by carrying an oxygen tank back to their community, a journey of approximately 1,000 kilometres.
The walk began at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit on February 12. Travelling an average of 120 kilometres per day they are expected to arrive home by the end of the month.
Shewaybick and his sons are encouraging members of the public to share their health care experiences on their Facebook page Healing Journey Home 2016:
First Nation leaders and representatives of the Government of Canada including Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day and Health Canada officials have been invited to meet with Chief and Council upon the walkers’ arrival.