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At a special ceremony at the opening of the 1989 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, seven First Nations men in their fifties entered the stadium in war canoes. One of them held the Games torch. In 1967 when Winnipeg first hosted the Pan Am Games, ten outstanding athletic teenage boys were choosen to run 800 kilometres over an ancient message route with the Games torch. When the runners arrived at the stadium, they were not allowed to enter with the torch. Instead, a non-Aboriginal runner was given the honour. Thirty-two years later, the province of Manitoba issued an official apology.

Nine of the ten men choosen for the 1967 Pan Am games torch run were from residential schools. Niigaanibatowaad is about the segregation of the Aboriginal athletes and the despair and abuse suffered in the school system. Niigaanibatowaad: Front Runners is a story of survival, hope, reconciliation and a dream for a new beginning that transends hatred and racism.

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ResourceRecordID: 1455

Call No.: CD0090

Resource Name: Niigaanibatowaad: Front Runners

Total Copies: 5

Core?: TRUE

RunningTime: 47:22 min

DivCode: OMGS

DepositedBy: Office of the Moderator and General Secretary

ProductionYear: 2007

Producer: National Film Board

AcquisitionDate: 2009-02-25

Value: 150.00

DateFiled: 2009-03-10


Captioned?: FALSE

Inactive?: FALSE


DistribRecordID: 77


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