It’s a project to have the stories of the Inuit heard.
Lorraine Loranger took a break in Chilliwack this week on her 8000-km trek across Canada to raise awareness about the plight of Inuit women and girls.
The retired social worker is living out of her car. She put all her belongings in storage to complete the walk from west to east, calling her project Quinuituq.
“I walk to talk,” Loranger said.
She’s been meeting with city, First Nations and community leaders along the way on this odyssey, telling of the terrible social conditions faced by Inuit youth, especially when they are removed from their home communities.
In Chilliwack, she said she was meeting with Mayor Sharon Gaetz and Sto:lo Nation president Dave Jimmie.
“Children are the next generation. These girls will be raising children and some are so damaged. It’s super important we do something as Canadians.”
She retired this spring from her job in child protection and started walking, logging 20 to 25 km per day.
Loranger’s tagline for the project is “No Child Should Have to Take the Long Way Home,” referring to the agony of being displaced due to child protection removal.
She is out to raise awareness about the realities of the North and to raise funds for a safehouse for children in Nunavik.
Follow her journey at http://quinuituq-en.blogspot.ca/