Langley runner Nick Colyn will run a collective 725-kilometre stretch – the same distance of northern British Columbia’s Highway of Tears where Indigenous women and girls have been murdered or gone missing. (TWU/special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley runner Nick Colyn will run a collective 725-kilometre stretch – the same distance of northern British Columbia’s Highway of Tears where Indigenous women and girls have been murdered or gone missing. (TWU/special to Langley Advance Times)

Running to remember: Langley athlete takes part in 725km journey for missing women

Long distance run is part of Moose Hide campaign inspired by Highway of Tears

This week, a group of runners led by Langley’s Nick Colyn, a Trinity Western University (TWU) alum, with TWU second-year Levi Osterwalder, will run a collective 725-kilometre stretch together, part of the Moose Hide campaign to honour the memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

It is the same distance as northern British Columbia’s Highway of Tears, between Prince George and Prince Rupert, where many women and girls have disappeared.

READ ALSO: Highway of Tears memorial totem pole to be raised in northern B.C.

“In having conversations about the Moose Hide Campaign, I was shocked how few people had ever heard of the Highway of Tears before,” said Colyn.

“That really pushed me towards finding a way we could collectively bring awareness to an initiative that emphasizes a very sad and devastating part of our provinces’ history. The idea to run the distance of the Highway of Tears was the first thing that came to mind, and it allows for others to easily come alongside and contribute to the initiative as well.”

Jeff Gamache, TWU irector of athletics, described his shock at learning of the “atrocities within the Indigenous communities that have happened on this 725 -kilometre stretch of road. Now is the time to learn and truly understand our history, and commit to end violence against women and children.”

Osterwalder described it as “not just an issue of the past, but one of the present and the future, and we need to do what we can with our platform to raise awareness for and support this important cause.”

READ ALSO: Moose hide message to men keeps growing

About the Moose Hide Campaign

On an early August morning in 2011, an Indigenous man named Paul Lacerte and his daughter Raven, were hunting moose near the infamous Highway of Tears, where dozens of women have gone missing or been found murdered. As Raven was skinning a moose, her father had the idea of using the moose hide to inspire men to become involved in the movement to end violence towards women and children.

Together with family and friends, they cut up the moose hide into small squares and started the Moose Hide Campaign.

Years later, more than 1 million squares of moose hide have been distributed and the Moose Hide Campaign has spread to communities and organizations across Canada.

Thursday Feb. 11, will mark Moose Hide Campaign Day, with a virtual live stream featuring a ceremony, keynote speakers and various workshops amongst other things.

To donate or learn more about the Moose Hide Campaign, click here


Is there more to the story? Email: news@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

@TrinityWesternSpartansFirst NationsLangleyTrinity Western University

Just Posted

Otter Co-op. (Aldergrove Star files)
Co-op Community Spaces rebuilding community connections

Co-op is providing $1 million in funding for local projects as COVID-19 reopening gets underway

Martians have landed, and the invasion is being broadcast by students at H.D. Stafford school, performing their version of the famous Orson Welles radio production. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Mars attacks! And Langley students are broadcasting the invasion

H.D. Stafford students produce version of famed Orson Welles radio play

Una-Ann Moyer was one of several volunteers who installed 215 crosses bedecked with children’s clothes in memory of the Kamloops residential school victims at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum at 21559 Fraser Hwy. Langley on Tuesday, June 15. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: 215 crosses go up in Langley to remember Kamloops residential school children

‘Sadly, there’s going to be more,” organizer says

EmPower Me operates in B.C. and Alberta. It attends various community events to educate about energy conservation and provides workshops to provide more in-depth learning. (EmPower Me Facebook)
Energy efficiency program takes aim at educating Langley Township

Energy mentors are reaching out to speakers of several languages

Adam Hobbs went missing from a Langley work site on Monday, June 14 and may have gone to Vancouver. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Family, RCMP seek Abbotsford man missing from Langley job site

Adam Hobbs lives in Abbotsford and is a minor hockey referee

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

A worker, at left, tends to a customer at a cosmetics shop amid the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Half of cosmetics sold in Canada, U.S. contain toxic chemicals: study

Researchers found that 56% of foundations and eye products contain high levels of fluorine

White Rock’s Marine Drive has been converted to one-way traffic to allow more patio space for waterfront restaurants. (Peace Arch News)
Province promotes permanent pub patios in B.C. post-pandemic plan

More than 2,000 temporary expansions from COVID-19 rules

Most Read