Six days after Landyn Toney set off for a 157-kilometre stroll to lift consciousness concerning the trauma of residential faculties, the 11-year-old boy has arrived at his vacation spot and gathered help from coast to coast alongside the best way.
Landyn left on his journey from his home in Valley, N.S. — not removed from the previous Shubenacadie Indian Residential Faculty — on July 1 and arrived on the Annapolis Valley First Nation on Tuesday night to a hero’s welcome.
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“It feels fairly good, Emotional and very nice,” stated a visibly-tired Landyn to the media and supporters who had gathered to listen to him discuss.
He was impressed to start his stroll after studying concerning the unmarked graves the place tons of of Indigenous youngsters are buried on the websites of former Indian residential faculties within the nation.
Landyn’s Mi’kmaw tradition is one thing he’s all the time been happy with, and one thing he’s all the time needed to share. By embarking on this stroll and elevating cash with an internet fundraiser, he and his mom hoped they might flip anger into constructive change.
“What I completed is fairly huge. I’m going to be doing an even bigger stroll each single yr on Canada Day,” he stated.
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“It’s a fairly large stroll and I simply needed to get my phrase on the market and lots of people nonetheless don’t learn about residential faculties and that’s why I did this stroll.”
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His mom, Marsha McClellan, was alongside Landyn throughout his journey and says she has little doubt his combat to convey consciousness will proceed.
“I believe it’s nice,” she stated.
“I believe our youthful generations must step up and use their voices extra. Our older generations are drained.”
Landyn’s cousin, Nikki Lloyd, joined him for a part of his stroll and says she’s amazed by all the things he has completed.
“I can’t even say sufficient how proud I’m of him. He’s achieved this entire journey and it’s completely superb. He introduced a lot consciousness,” she stated.
“Our great-grandmother was a residential faculty survivor. Our grandparents, they had been rescued from their principal in order that they ended up not having to go. So the quantity of consciousness he has proven is completely unimaginable and the quantity of help that he’s had is excellent.”
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Lloyd says she believes that Landyn’s efforts can have an enduring impression, and hopefully encourage others.
“I hope after this lots of people open their eyes and get educated on all the things that has occurred to our folks particularly with the residential faculties and I hope that they’re truly in a position to take heed to the tales and take heed to the survivors, as a result of we’re nonetheless right here and Landyn is a main instance of that,” she stated.
Landyn’s GoFundMe web page has raised greater than $32,000. The preliminary aim was simply $20,000.
In response to the web page, Landyn shall be accepting suggestion letters on the place the cash is most wanted, and a committee of six folks will assist him determine.
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