Join us as we present the film Niigaanibatowaad: FrontRunners - a story of survival, hope, reconciliation and a dream for a new beginning that transcends hatred and racism.
In 1967 when Winnipeg first hosted the Pan American Games, ten outstanding athletic teenage boys were chosen to run 800 kilometers over an ancient message route with the Games torch. When the runners arrived at the stadium, they were not allowed to enter with the torch. Instead, a non-Indigenous
runner was given the honour.
Nine of the ten young men chosen for the 1967 Pan Am Games torch run were from residential schools. Niigaanibatowaad is about the segregation of the Indigenous athletes and the despair and abuse suffered in the school system. Niigaanibatowaad: FrontRunners is a story of survival, hope, reconciliation and a dream for a new beginning that transcends hatred and racism.
What: Film - Niigaanibatowaad: FrontRunners
When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Where: 2-210 Christenson Communities Lecture Theatre, Van Vliet Complex - University of Alberta
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free admission - RSVP here
Tea and Bannock reception to follow film and guest speaker
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