On Friday, November 4, 2016, Brad Firth, also known as Caribou Legs, will visit CBU to do a presentation about his journey across Canada. Since May 2016, Caribou Legs has been running across Canada. His 7,400 km journey began on Mother’s day in Vancouver and will end this November in St. John’s. He runs to honour women and Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women. He runs to challenge the mindsets that inflict violence against women and to promote health and wellness in the body and spirit.
The 46-year old member of the Gwich’in First Nation in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, was motivated to run across Canada after his sister, Irene, was killed as a result of domestic violence. He decided to run in her honour, and for all missing and murdered Indigenous women. His hope is to raise awareness and keep alive the memory of his sister, and other MMIW, to inspire a new dialogue and force men to stand-down.
Caribous Legs runs with no support vehicle or entourage. He carries everything he needs with him in his backpack. Along his route he stops to speak at schools and universities to create a broader awareness of the importance of his message and his actions.
Caribou Legs will be at Cape Breton Universities, RBC Lecture Theatre this Friday, November 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This is a public event, hosted by the CBU Aboriginal Cultural Society and everyone is welcome.