Experience the special moment when Dr. Vollant shares, with an open heart, his hopes for Indigenous youth
with Puamun Meshkenu’s ten ambassadors. This moment was a unique opportunity for the ambassadors
to add their own dreams to the 22,000 dreams collected the start of the Innu Meshkenu journey.
Let yourself be inspired by this video and share your dreams, too, with the sticks of a thousand dreams!
The ancestors told me:
"Your soul dreamed long before you. Your heart holds the heart of the earth.
- Joséphine Bacon in Bâtons à message /Tshissinuatshitakana, Montréal, Mémoire d’encrier, 2009.
We invite you to share your dreams with the Sticks of a Thousand Dreams. Pass on your dearest dreams—the ones you want to see come true in your life—to the sticks so that they may join the 22,000 other dreams already gathered.
“Our dreams are in our hearts. No one can steal them from us. We must persevere and continue to believe in our dreams. And when we have made our dreams true, we can help others to make theirs come true.” —Stanley Vollant
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The first stick
During his 2011 walk between Baie-Comeau and Obedjiwan, Dr. Vollant received a magnificent stick carved by Philibert Rousselot’s talented hands. Stanley adopted this walking stick as his companion for the hundreds of kilometres of his expedition. Unfortunately, in 2013, during his walk between Gesgapegiag (Maria) and Ugpi'ganjig (Eel River Bar), Mr. Rousselot’s stick was lost at Tracadigash Point, in Carleton-sur-Mer.
The second stick
In 2012, Dr. Vollant received another gift, this time from Lishkan (Alexandre) Hervieux, a 99-year-old friend of Stanley’s grandfather, who held the doctor in great affection. Before gently and discreetly departing from this land, Lishkan had taken care to ask his son to give Stanley his walking stick. Which he did. That is how this precious object became part of Stanley’s journey and has accompanied him for more than a decade and along thousands of kilometres.
Lishkan’s walking stick continued on its way. While it was passing through Kitcisakik, in Anicinape territory, an unexpected event occurred that would confer great meaning to this object.
While visiting the elementary school, Stanley took a walk with some young people from the community. With kind intentions, he lent his stick to one boy and then to another. But conflict soon broke out between his young companions, who began arguing over the stick. So Stanley asked all the children to gather around and put one hand on the stick, to close their eyes and make a wish—to share a dream—for their lives.
At that very moment, Lishkan’s walking stick became even bigger. The young people were focusing so hard on their dreams, they made the stick tremble and shake. Stanley’s heart was completely inspired. What a revelation. Making this simple gesture, the boys had wished for something positive for themselves, visualized it, and made that wish come true by entrusting their dreams to the walking stick.
This moment had a profound effect on the doctor and since that day, wherever he goes, Stanley has invited people to share their dreams with the walking stick. An intimate, spiritual and simple gesture. So that each and every one may visualize a dream and a goal in life. The walking stick symbolizes going above and beyond and surpassing oneself, according to that is possible. At the time of writing, more than 22,000 people have entrusted their dream to the walking stick.
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DR STANLEY VOLLANT TELLS US ABOUT THE DREAM
Dr. Stanley Vollant, with the young Anya who joined him to place a dream in the stick.
Dr. Stanley Vollant’s opening and closing speeches at the 2015 Inter-Band Indigenous Games.