Orange Shirt Day Run / Walk in Kinsmen Park RS News

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Orange shirts filled Kinsmen Park on Friday as runners and walkers gathered for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

The second annual Orange Shirt Day Run / Walk was sold out, with 28 teams taking from the valley of the trails in memory.

It started last year to honor and remember the children who never came home, our little fathers who never came home,” said race director Anita Cardinal. “Also to support those who do, who deal with intergenerational injuries every day.”

The annual event is a fundraiser for, Bear Clan Patrol YEG and Native youth scholarships.

Cardinal, a runner, said the run/walk invites people from different walks of life to participate in remembering that Every Child Matters.

“Running has been a source of healing for me. Running brings people together. I call it running to the truth,” he said.

Runners can register in three distances. In addition to a 10-kilometer and five-kilometer course, the children’s race follows a 2.15-kilometer trail – in recognition of the first 215 unmarked children’s graves found in Kamloops in June 2021.

At the end of the day, the participants were invited to an Elder’s area, to sit and listen.

“I think that’s at the heart of what this race is about, to bring everyone together so we can all come together and learn from each other,” Cardinal said. “Understanding and compassion is another way of moving forward and carrying hope.”


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