In 1967, ten First Nations teenage boys ran 800 km to Winnipeg with the Pan Am Torch. Upon arrival at the Games, the torch was given to a white runner. In 1999 Winnipeg hosted the games again. Organizers tracked down the runners and apologized. Thirty-two years later the runners finished their race. Join some of these runners and documentary filmmaker Laura Robinson for this special screening of their story.
Following the screening, don’t miss the rare opportunity to participate in a conversation with four of the original frontrunners – all survivors of the residential school system — as they discuss running, reconciliation and healing.
Guests include: Frontrunners Patrick Bruyere, William Chippeway, William Merasty, Charlie Nelson and filmmaker and writer, Laura Robinson along with other special guests.
This screening is part of the Running & Reconciliation Film Screening and Ganoozh (Conversation) series which is in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the historic 800-km run and in celebration of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).
Monday, July 17th – Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
Wednesday, July 19th — York University (Host of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) and Cultural Village).
Thursday, July 20th – Mississaugas of the New Credit
Presented by the National Film Board, Unifor and the Society of Energy Professionals.