Wanuskewin to host its first ever learn-to-run clinic
From thundering hooves, to runners on a trail, to fitness and understanding
Indigenous nations have gathered at Wanuskewin for thousands of years to worship and celebrate. It is almost hard to imagine there are firsts yet to come.
But sisters from the English River First Nation are about to make new tracks on this scared land, doing something that's never been done before.
"It was really cool and kind of honouring to be asked," said Gisele George in an interview with CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning.
Gisele and Jill George will conduct the first ever learn-to-run clinic at Wanuskewin Heritage Park near Saskatoon, on the same land where bison once roamed freely.
"Give it a go, it's okay to try something new," said Gisele.
"I still consider myself a new runner, and anybody can run, so it just shows that anybody can do it, our bodies are made to run, so just to start off slow and then slowly build up," added Jill George.
One stride at a time
The end goal is for participants in the clinic to take part in Saskatoon's Race Against Racism in September. The annual event is not just to promote fitness but also to bring people together.
I think that's a start, just talking about it.- Gisele George
The possibility that racism could be a topic on the trails at Wanuskewin is not lost on the George sisters. Both said they welcome it.
"I think just having a platform where people can talk about it and the negative things that come out of it, I think that's a start, just talking about it," said Gisele George.
The running clinic will begin on August 11 at Wanuskewin, with all sessions winding their way along the historic trails of the ancient gathering site. The George sisters welcome all, from beginners to experienced runners.
with files from Saskatoon Morning