On July 1, the excitement of the 2017 Canada Summer Games will be carried through Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation with the Roly McLenahan torch for the Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay.
The torch was lit in Ottawa on June 6, 2017 for the official lighting ceremony, has travelled through Steinbach, Kenora and Morden, and after Gillam will pass through six more communities before making its way through central Winnipeg, for a celebration at Manitoba Hydro Place on July 26, 2017.
There will be 13 legs to the relay with five individual torchbearers and numerous groups carrying the torch including, Gillam Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers, Gillam Brownies and Girl Guides, Gillam School Student Council the Town of Gillam RCMP, Mayor and Council, Fox Lake Cree Nation Chief and Council and Fox Lake Cree Nation Elders.
The celebration will begin with an opening prayer led by the Fox Lake Elders.
Gillam - named after Captain Zachary Gillam and his son, Benjamin, who were 17th century fur traders on Hudson's Bay - is a town on the Nelson River in northern Manitoba, Canada. It’s situated between Thompson and Churchill on the Hudson Bay Railway line.
Gillam is an outdoors lover’s dream. The area is located in a wilderness paradise, surrounded by thousands of untouched lakes and streams. Whether it’s fishing, boating, swimming, hunting, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, camping, or hiking trails, you can do it in Gillam. You can even take a floatplane to a secluded fishing spot or wilderness hideaway if you need a break from city life.
The ancestors of the Fox Lake Cree have lived in the Lower Nelson River area since the end of the last ice age. Now, the Fox Lake Cree Nation consists of roughly 1100 members and approximately 500 residents still live in the home Reserves in Bird and Gillam Reserve and the Town of Gillam. The remaining members live mainly in Thompson, Churchill and Winnipeg.
The relay starts at 3:15 p.m. at Gillam Community Ball Diamond and will end where it begins. After the relay, join us for a community celebration BBQ at 5:30 p.m. This event is open to all, so come cheer on our torchbearers and feel the excitement of the Canada Summer Games in Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation!