Kevin Chief had a few friends joining him for a run today.
Chief, MLA for Point Douglas and minister of Children & Youth Opportunities, was attacked in February while running across across the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge. He was repeatedly kicked in the head and upper body, the kicks chipping two of his teeth and breaking his nose.
The still-unsolved attack of Chief triggered a revamped fun-run and barbeque co-ordinated by a Point Douglas seniors' group and the Aboriginal Sport and Achievement Centre.
As a result, over 400 people gathered in the gym at Norquay School in the North End today. Members of the community joined Kevin Chief and Chief of Police Devon Clunis, in the First Annual Run with the Chiefs Community Fun Run.
Both seniors and youth in the area took part to run for a safer community, and demonstrate a commitment to making the inner city a safer place for all Winnipeggers.
The starting line began at Norquay School, and residents ran for 3 km around the community.
"We’re preventing crime before it happens," said Kevin Chief. "It’s a great way to connect with the community, particularly reaching out to the young people."
The event allowed members of the community to feel a sense of pride and belonging.
"We’re all here together, we belong together," said Wendy Hallgrimson, Program Coordinator for the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sports Achievement Centre. "We’ll be here every step of the way."
Hallgrimson initiated a run for the community a few weeks ago.
"We’re doing what Kevin does, and he loves to run," she said. "We’re here for him because he grew up in the hood too."