The Council of Canadians is helping to sponsor Caribou Legs, an Indigenous ultra-marathon runner, to run the 4800 kilometres from Vancouver to Ottawa to highlight the waterways across this country that are under threat from pipelines, fracking, mining and extreme energy projects.
Caribou Legs, as Brad Firth prefers to be called, is a Gwich'in man who now lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The Gwich'in are one of the most northern Indigenous peoples. Their traditional territories extend from the interior of Alaska through the Yukon and into the Mackenzie Valley.
He will run 75 kilometres a day on this journey. He has previously run 3200 kilometres from Vancouver to Whitehorse, 1200 kilometres from Inuvik to Whitehorse, as well as numerous other runs of more than 100 kilometres in distance to highlight the threats to the Peel River watershed from mining.