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Wakefielder reconciles and reconnects

Updated: Oct 14, 2021

Money raised, goods delivered to First Nations' community still in need

When Mathieu Goodman began collecting donations for a supply run to Wemotaci on Sept. 12, he had no idea he was about to set off on his own personal journey of reconciliation.

Goodman, a Wakefielder, reconnected with his own Montagnais heritage and got an emotional reunion with his biological father 20 years in the making.

“It was life-changing,” Goodman said of the long-awaited reunion with his father.

Not only was Mathieu Goodman’s trip a chance to reconnect with his own Montagnais heritage, it also allowed him the opportunity to reunite with his father Michel Germain, who he had not seen for over 20 years — since Goodman was six years old. Photo courtesy of Mathieu Goodman