Magazine article Anglican Journal

Bishop (Gordon Beardy) on 3,000-Km Walk to Raise Funds

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Bishop (Gordon Beardy) on 3,000-Km Walk to Raise Funds

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Sioux Lookout, Ont.

Keewatin Bishop Gordon Beardy has reached the half-way point on a 3,000-kilometre journey of hope and inspiration to help end the sexual and physical abuse that is tearing families apart in the North.

Bishop Beardy and community members left from Sachigo Lake, Ont., in early March. To date, the Sacred Walk for Healing has earned more than $34,000 to help Northern communities heal from years of abuse.

The bishop, who lives in the First Nations community of Muskrat Dam, plans to take his message of hope to First Nations and towns across northwestern Ontario and Manitoba. He has welcomed anyone who wants to join him.

In a recent interview, the bishop said the response along the way has been tremendous.

"This experience of walking together and sharing the laughter, the fatigue and the fellowship has made me feel as if there is hope again," he said. "We have to do more to bring people together to speak together and deal with their abuse. There has to be awareness. I realized we have to do more than say we're sorry. …

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