This short film centers on the Healing Circle Run. In 1989, the Anishinaabe Solidarity Relay began as a response to the resounding racism and hatred directed towards Ojibwe people throughout the region at boat landings and other communal spaces. The animosity that spilled into communities, schools, and churches created great hardship for Ojibwe communities and their harvesters.

Today, the Healing Circle Run continues to connect Ojibwe communities across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Through collective running, walking, and prayer — it provides healing and relief. The annual event also serves as a reminder to both participants and observers of the commitment, efforts, and resiliency of the tribal nations that have survived decades of trauma.

This story is part of a series of short videos called Ogichidaa Storytellers.

Contributed by GLIFWC