Ohsweken August 18 2021-Thanks to the quick rain shower ending just before the run, the first annual Johnathan Styres memorial run was successful. About 40 participants and supporters gathered at the corner of First-line and Mohawk road to run to the Grand River and back.
Gratitudes were shared, giving thanks for the natural world and reminders for keeping connected with our old ways opened the event.
For organizers, volunteers and participants, the event coming to fruition was meaningful in so many ways. “Im running for my grandpa who passed last year,” said one youth while others were running for the numerous friends and family members lost through addiction-related causes.
These are the hidden stories that are in some way related to ineffective coping with traumatic events having endured as the reality that exists for many Onkwehonwe people.
While Jonathan’s tragic and untimely death continues to affect so many within the Grand River community, This run today stood as a reminder of his memory and how every child does matter as they deal with the impacts of colonialism.