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1967. 10 Indigenous boys ran the Pan Am torch 800 km, from Minneapolis to the opening ceremonies in Winnipeg.

RUNTIME: 18:59

In 1967, Winnipeg hosted the fifth Pan American Games. 10 young Indigenous athletes from First Nations across Manitoba were selected to run the Pan Am torch from Minneapolis to Winnipeg — an 800 km, once-in-a-lifetime journey.

But just before the athletes arrived at the opening ceremonies, the torch was taken from them. It was handed to a non-Indigenous athlete, who carried the torch into the stadium.

The runners were sent to a diner across the street, where they watched the opening ceremonies on TV.

50 years later, the runners reunite at that same Winnipeg restaurant to share their memories, and to discuss the injustice and disappointment they faced at the end of their journey.

Credits (Click to expand)

Honouring the Front Runners who could not participate in the making of this film

Clifford Abraham
Henry Nazzie
Milton Mallette


Charlie Bittern
Patrick Bruyere
William (Bill) Chippeway
Dave Courchene Jr.
Fred Harper
William Merasty
Charlie Nelson

Erica Daniels

Executive Producer 
Erica Daniels

Paul James
Addison Sandy

Director of Photography
Paul James

Addison Sandy

Animation Director 
Simon Cottee 

Camera Operators 
Paul James
Addison Sandy
Andrew George
Tesfa Demissie

Original Music 
Jason Burnstick
Murray Pulver
APM Music Services
C-Weed Band, Errol Ranville

Location Sound 
Lloyd Peterson

Audio Post Production and Sound Design
Paul James

Camera Assistant 
Brandon McPherson
Faith Gore
Jared Bone

Production Assistant 
Terence Ruiz

Additional Compositing 
Alex Gee

Braelen Scott

The Original Pancake House
Marlborough Hotel

The Broadway Neighbourhood Centr
William F Whyte

Reenactment Actor 
Keno Baptiste

Alex Woodhouse
Terence Ruiz
Erica Daniels

Torch Builders 
Maggie Ziervogel
Addison Sandy

Text Editor  
Kim Wheeler

Faith Gore

Closed Captioning 
Bruce Little

Archive Sources  
CBC Archives
Winnipeg Free Press
Wolf Heck 

Special Thanks 
Turtle Lodge, Sabina Ijaz
Just TV, Lawrence Mulhall and Laura Johnson
The Original Pancake House, Hazel Kushner and Rob Walker
Marlborough Hotel, Grace Rents
Pan American Games

For CBC Docs
Executive in Charge of Production, Lesley Birchard
Development  Manager, Melanie Le Phan