Waterloo We Day
(L-R) Marc Kielburger, Gerald Lavallee, Genevieve Routhier and Craig Kielburger at the We Day celebration in Kitchener, Ontario.

On November 20, 2014, over 7,000 students, educators and guests gathered at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium for the We Day Waterloo Region celebration. Gerald Lavallee and Genevieve Routhier, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) 2014 Canoe Expedition participants, were among the speakers that addressed the crowd.

Gerald and Genevieve spoke about the challenges they met on their journey and their commitment to achieving positive change. Their presentation included an exciting one minute video that featured highlights from their Ottawa to Thunder Bay trek. This video can be viewed on the 2014 MNO Canoe Expedition page on the MNO website.

Marc and Craig Kielburger, co-founders of Free the Children, established We Day in 2007 based on the understanding that by awakening the spirit of volunteerism in young people, anything is possible.

The We Day movement provides tools and skills to youth helping to turn the inspiration of one day into sustained action. It brings the biggest and brightest philanthropic minds of our time together with some of the most important cultural influencers to inspire youth to change the world and the communities around them. We Day is a free event, however tickets cannot be bought. Students and their schools must earn their way into We Day through a year-long commitment to local and global actions.

The MNO is proud that Gerald and Genevieve were able to present at We Day and share with thousands their experience as a Métis youth and their epic 2,000 kilometer journey following the historic fur trade routes of Ontario.