12-year-old Theland Kicknosway running 130K for missing indigenous women
Theland Kicknosway, a 12-year-old Cree young man living in Ottawa, will begin a 134-kilometre run on March 23 in support of Families of Sisters in Spirit.
Kitigan Zibi is the hometown of Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander, two indigenous women who have been missing since 2008 and were last seen in Maniwaki. The community has a population of approximately 1,400.
Police have reported more than 1,200 cases of missing or mudered indigenous women since 1980, according to the CBC. The Government of Canada is launching a national inquiry into missing indigenous women and girls.
Theland will begin the journey on Wednesday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m. with the trip expected to take approximately three to five days with five to six hours of running and walking each day. He will be making stops in communities along the way depending on his day-to-day progress.
Kicknosway completed the distance in the spring of 2015 but in the opposite direction, a journey that took him six days. Last summer, a teenage girl ran for the same cause. The Manitoba teen ran 115 kilometre for missing Canadian indigenous women.
Source: 12-year-old Theland Kicknosway running 130K for missing indigenous women – Canadian Running Magazine