EVENTS

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DR. VOLLANT’S CHALLENGE

JOIN US FROM SEPTEMBER 13 TO OCTOBER 3 for Dr. Vollant’s 21-Day Challenge,

«celebrating the 10th anniversary of Innu Meshkenu.»

You must register by filling out the following form to be eligible for the various prizes: 

* Please note that registration is mandatory if you want to enter the prize draw.

There are several ways to join in the Dr Vollant Challenge. You can:

 

register by filling out the attached form and get a chance to win a participation prize!

 

Or

participate without registering, but not get a chance to win a prize. You still download the same calendar as registered participants.

Like every year, Puamun Meshkenu is organizing a big event to get everyone more physically active!

In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people find themselves more sedentary and are looking for ways to stay active.

That’s why this year, Puamun Meshkenu is organizing Dr. Vollant’s 21-Day Challenge to highlight the 10th anniversary of Innu Meshkenu and encourage the young and old alike to adopt healthy lifestyle habits from a holistic perspective!

Please “like” our Facebook page Challenge Dr Vollant to stay informed of our various announcements and activities! Participants get access to the calendar to help them complete the 21 days of activities.

Tools

 

The Grand Prize

DR. VOLLANT IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

The Indigenous community with the most 21-Day Challenge participants will receive a day-long visit from Dr. Stanley Vollant.

Over the course of the day, Dr. Vollant will do his presentation and Puamun Meshkenu will lead a walking event in your community.

To be eligible, you must:

  1. Sign up for the Challenge (click on the following link to fill out the electronic form)

  2. Email your participant form to info@puamun.com by October 1.

  3. Accumulate at least 10 days of walking.

 

Why before October 1, 2020? Because Dr. Vollant will announce the winning community at the final walk on October 3!

Please encourage other members of your community to participate!

SEVERAL PARTICIPATION PRIZES

Several prizes will be sent to Challenge participants. 

To be eligible, you must:

  1. Sign up for the Challenge (click on the following link to fill out the electronic form).

  2. Email your participant form to info@puamun.com by October 1.

A draw will be held among all registered participants who have sent in their completed forms!

Conference

Dr. Stanley Vollant has been giving lectures to various audiences for many years. He shares his background and experiences to inspire people of all ages to believe in their dreams and to persevere in fulfilling them. His message is also an invitation for reconciliation between peoples, getting to know Indigenous peoples better and forging links between different cultures.

Dr. Vollant offers various lectures:

On the Path of Dreams

Dr. Vollant shares his journey, which is marked by cultural pride, perseverance, resilience, but also by the challenges of education as an Indigenous person. This story full of hope shows that it is possible to overcome obstacles and to succeed. Dr. Vollant also summarizes his thoughts on the challenges that must be overcome to enable First Nations youth to develop to their full potential.  Dr. Vollant’s experience in the field demonstrates how young people can dream, use their education and draw on the richness of their origins so that their dreams contribute to the well-being of all Canadians.

Innu Meshkenu: The Road to Reconciliation

This adventure arose from a vision Dr. Vollant received along the Camino de Compostela. He saw himself walking his own path to inspire Indigenous youth to believe in their dreams and to never give up. His vision also included learning from Elders about history, culture, language and traditions. It was a reconciliation between the culture of his origins and the rest of Canadians. In this lecture, Dr. Vollant will tell audiences how he was able to fulfil this dream, his own dream of walking, canoeing and snowshoeing 6,000 km to talk and share with thousands of people along this road to reconciliation.

For more information about Dr. Vollant’s lectures, you email us at info@puamun.com.

 

The Dr. Vollant Umeshkanam Walk

In the same spirit as the Stanley Vollant Challenge, the Dr. Vollant Umeshkanam Walk is an annual event that gets everyone walking together to inspire Indigenous youth to believe in their dreams. A special place is given to the local cultures of each of the participating communities during this group walk.

Dr. Vollant Umeshkanam, La Tuque 2019

Thanks to the organizers of the 2019 edition

Why the Umeshkanam Walk?

Advice for walkers

Photos from the 2019 edition

Challenge 2017

The Stanley Vollant Challenge was held in Montréal’s Mount Royal Park, on October 7, 2017. The event launched activities for Indigenous surgeon Dr. Stanley Vallant’s organization Puamun Meshkenu (Innu for the “path of a thousand dreams”).

 

The Challenge consisted of a walk (a choice of either 4 or 6 km) to promote healthy lifestyle habits and bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

 

“I invite everyone, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, to join me on this walk celebrating friendship between nations and promoting healthy habits. Together, we are going to set off on the path of a thousand dreams,” said Dr. Stanley Vollant.

 
 

Student symposium

Student Conference

Puamun Meshkenu’s Symposium aims to familiarize students in health-related fields with Indigenous traditional health professions, knowledge and practices. It presents lectures by health professionals whose practice is influenced by Indigenous traditional knowledge.

 

First edition (Wendake, March 2019)

The first edition of the Student Conference was held in Wendake in March 2019. In addition to gathering nearly 30 Indigenous post-secondary students and offering various workshops and conferences on contemporary and traditional medicine, the Symposium provided an opportunity to present Indigenous role models working in the health field by featuring speakers who shared their professional experience and life and academic paths. The Symposium seeks to promote Indigenous knowledge, practices and skills in healthcare and motivate, inspire and affirm Indigenous pride. The general public as well as partners can view various testimonials and conferences from the event.

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Walking the Path of a Thousand Dreams, during the 2018 KWE! Meet with Indigenous Peoples event

KWE! walks the Path of a Thousand Dreams in 2018

2019 KWE! Meet with Indigenous Peoples

 

Puamun Meskenu 2020, developed by La Boîte Rouge VIF