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Adrian Alphonso with his daughter on the Pinawa Trail. Photo: Daniel Baylis
My bond with The Great Trail of Canada is a strong one. This personal connection has deepened as I’ve cycled the Trail sections in Winnipeg and discovered the stories they tell about my city’s Indigenous history and culture – including my Anishinaabe heritage.

As we celebrate National Indigenous History Month, I believe we all have an opportunity to celebrate the contributions and heritage of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. One way to learn more about these many cultures is by exploring The Great Trail. What better way to get exercise than through an activity that also helps you connect with the land around you?  

As guest editor of Trail Talk for June, I’m sharing some insightful and inspiring stories of Indigenous people, their traditions and their heritage. I believe this cultural sharing enriches everyone’s experience of the Trail, which tells such an incredible story of all our histories.
Adrian Alphonso

Member of the Board of Directors, Trail Manitoba

Director of Clear Paths, Momenta
 
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