For the last three years Canadians have flown over 600km from Thunder Bay, ON to Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI), a remote fly-in community on the shores of Big Trout Lake. They were invited by the community’s residents, the Indigenous people of KI, to stay in their homes and experience firsthand the challenges, and joys, of living in a remote First Nations community. The event has provided a space in which true reconciliation and cross-cultural exchange could transpire between the community and its guests.
During our past Exchanges the goal was to bring awareness about the issues the community faces; the high cost of living, the housing conditions, health care, etc. The exchanges were not about placing blame or to make people feel bad, but to allow people to explore the conditions of the community and show that the community members and youth still hold hope for a better life for future generations to come.
This goal has been accomplished year after year and all participants have left the exchanges with new found views of the issues and gained many new friends in the process. The exchanges have inspired work in “The South” on reconciliation as well as further inspiration in “The North”. The exchange ignited the Youth Leaders’ in starting their own endeavours into social venture tourisms, attending university, and provided a source of pride and accomplishment for all involved.
If you are interested in participating in an exchange please visit our Reconciliation Trip page for more information: