One Spirit Unity Run
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of this year’s One Spirit Unity Run. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to proceed with the event as planned.
We understand how much this event means to our community, and we share in your disappointment.
We want to express our gratitude to all those who have supported and registered for the run. Your commitment to unity and reconciliation is truly inspiring, and we look forward to brighter days when we can come together again.
In the meantime, we encourage everyone to stay connected, stay healthy, and continue spreading the spirit of Reconciliation in any way you can. Together, we will create a better and safer tomorrow.
Thank you for your understanding.
Running together, unity forever – One spirit, one community
The One Spirit Unity Run embodies an effort led by Indigenous peoples, embraced by the community, and supported by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This race aims to foster positive interactions and mutual understanding between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians across the country. It symbolizes hope, healing, and reconciliation, rebuilding relationships in a safe space where everyone gathers to move towards unity. Indigenous cultures and traditions are honoured at every step, contributing to building a more inclusive Canada. This organization inspires a national reconciliation movement and encourages Canadians to take action in creating a fairer and more just society. This respectful partnership with Indigenous communities demonstrates a commitment to reconciliation and healing. Participating in this race means contributing to positive change towards a future guided by understanding and mutual respect.
It is with pride that Run Ottawa collaborates with this significant movement to promote shared values. At Run Ottawa, our values are based on accessibility, respect and inclusivity. We aim to foster a healthy community for everyone, without barriers to participation.
One Spirit Unity Run Running together, unity forever – One spirit, one community
- Guided by Indigenous peoples
- Supported by the RCMP
- Distances of 1.5km and 5km
- 12 cities across Canada
Date: Sunday, October 22, 2023
Location: Central Experimental Farm
- Race Kit Pick-up (onsite): 7:30am
- 1.5K Run: 9:00am
- 5k: 9:20am
RUNNING AND COMMITMENT TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES: THE ONE SPIRIT UNITY RUN
HONORING INDIGENOUS LANDS: RESPECTFUL COLLABORATION
The One Spirit Unity Run is not just a sports competition; it’s also an opportunity to acknowledge and honor the traditional, unceded lands of Indigenous peoples. Before planning this race, the organizers took the respectful step of seeking permission from Indigenous peoples to hold the event on their lands, thereby demonstrating their commitment to preserving Indigenous culture and heritage.
WORKING TOGETHER: COLLABORATION WITH INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
This event emphasizes inclusivity and collaboration with Indigenous communities in Canada. Throughout the preparation and organization of the event, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit organizations have been involved at every stage of the process. Consultations were conducted to ensure that Indigenous values and traditions are respected, allowing the creation of an event that celebrates the richness of our country’s cultural diversity.
POSITIVE IMPACT: SUPPORT FOR INDIGENOUS CHARITIES
The One Spirit Unity Run is more than just a race; it’s a way to contribute positively to Indigenous communities. All proceeds generated by this race will be fully donated to Indigenous charitable organizations. By participating in this event, each runner supports essential initiatives that will directly benefit Indigenous peoples, thereby strengthening the social impact of this race.
COMMITTED PARTNERS: SOLIDARITY FOR A COMMON CAUSE
The success of this day also relies on strong support from various committed partners. Indigenous charitable organizations have joined forces in this effort, highlighting the importance of solidarity in this endeavor. The Mounted Police Foundation and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as partners, demonstrate their commitment to promoting the event and its social value.
PRIVATE SECTOR SUPPORT: NATIONAL ENDORSEMENT
In addition to institutional partners, sponsoring companies have also played a vital role in the success of the One Spirit Unity Run. Companies such as Run Ottawa and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society have contributed to give national prominence to this unique event and emphasize the importance of private sector support in promoting a common social cause.
TOGETHER FOR AN INCLUSIVE FUTURE
By participating, each runner contributes to a collective effort to create a more inclusive, supportive, and culturally diverse future for our country. This running event goes beyond the finish line; it embodies the hope of a united nation, working hand in hand with Indigenous peoples to build a better future for all.