First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) announced their support for the inaugural 5km RainForest Trail Run/Walk on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish People
at the urban rainforest in Central Park, Burnaby, B.C. set for September 29th
Dr Evan Adams, the Chief Medical Officer of the FNHA, spoke at the media conference at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. He stated “The First Nations Health Authority welcomed the opportunity to celebrate the vibrancy of our Indigenous cultures while walking and running in such a beautiful rainforest. Our organization promotes wellness for our community and this event produces a healthy lifestyle through physical activity in an environment suited to wellness”.
Dr Doug Clement, President of the Achilles Track and Field Society said “We intend to create a festival component to increase awareness of the public to the Indigenous art and culture. The date of the autumn equinox in late September has a great significance in all Indigenous groups. The festival component would grow year by year to involve Indigenous nations from around the Pacific Rim. It is hoped be an event that would attract tourists from afar because of the rich experience”.
The annual Rainforest Trail Run/ Walk with start and finish in Swangard Stadium with seating of over 5000.
Initial year to focus on Indigenous nations of the lower mainland but as years progress, to grow beyond the local area to involve an extended zone around the Pacific Rim. For more information go here.