Leading into Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada on June 21st, Parkdale Roadrunners are inviting runners across the GTA to run alongside a waterway that has been used as far back as 12,000 years ago and is still enjoyed by many today.
As settlers, we have a responsibility to honour the caretakers of the land, the treaties and to work towards reconciliation. We’re asking runners to recognize the lands they cover daily by following a traditional portage route. Along the route, you can learn about the history and read the commemorative plaques that further detail the history of these routes as well as murals representing Indigenous peoples.
Despite Canada being a water-rich nation, many First Nations communities do not have access to safe, clean, drinking water. We want folks to learn more about this issue and help where we can. There will be a fundraising component with all donations going directly going to Water First. Parkdale Roadrunners is honored to be supporting their work through “Running Water”, on June 19-20.
About Water First:
Water First is Canada’s leading charitable organization dedicated to working together with Indigenous communities to build capacity locally – collaborating to resolve both drinking water and environmental water concerns. Since 2009, Water First has partnered with 50 Indigenous communities in Canada on a variety of water education and training projects.
Through education, training, and meaningful collaboration, Water First is supporting sustainable water systems to last generations.