Participants from the Alvin Dixon Run/Walk at GC42

Alvin Dixon Memorial Run/Walk

Put your athletic shoes on and get ready! Join hundreds of people at GC and across the country in a fun run/walk.

To entice you and your friends and family, we’re proposing a friendly competition in a variety of categories: from most participants (in large city and small town subcategories) to most dollars raised, to best costumes/flair!

  • Date: Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Time: 8:00am (or whenever works best for you!)
  • What: a 5 km run or a 2 km walk
  • Why: to have fun and raise money for the Alvin Dixon Memorial Bursary Fund, which supports initiatives that focus on multi-year academic education programs for indigenous students
  • How: join us in Oshawa for the Sunday service and the run/walk OR run/walk in your own community. If you need help, contact us. You can also donate or sponsor a group or person online.

5-step plan to organizing your event

  1. Get a runner or walker in your community to choose the best running and walking routes for your group.
  2. Promote your event in your newsletters and announcements.
  3. Post it on your website, Facebook page, and any other social media to invite your friends, family, and community.
  4. Share photos and videos of your run afterwards on the Alvin Dixon Memorial Run/Walk Facebook group.
  5. Let us know you’re participating by registering online.
  6. Get out there and have fun! You can even use your favourite workout tracking app to share your efforts.

Most importantly, next to having fun—don’t hesitate to reach out for help!

Who was Alvin Dixon?

Photo of Alvin Dixon

Alvin William Dixon, a respected Heiltsuk First Nation Elder, was born on June 10, 1937. At age 10, Alvin was taken from his family to the Alberni Indian Residential School on Vancouver Island. After surviving years of abuse he graduated, and then enrolled at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver as one of six First Nations students at the school.

Alvin was a strong activist and held roles with the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia and, especially, with the United Church, beginning as a member of British Columbia Conference staff and supporting the BC Native Ministries Council.

At the time of his death, he was serving as the BC Conference lay representative to the Executive of the General Council (GCE). He served on the Moderator’s Advisory Committee and the Theology and Inter-Church Inter-Faith Committee. He was one of the founders of the Native Ministries Consortium and the Native Ministries program at the Vancouver School of Theology. Alvin was the first Indigenous chair (2005‒2014) of the Residential Schools Steering Committee (renamed in 2011 as the Committee of Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools).

Alvin died of cancer on July 20, 2014, in Vancouver. His two sons, two daughters, six grandchildren, two sisters, and brother survive him.

Throughout his life, Alvin quietly worked behind the scenes to improve the lives of First Nations people in many areas, including those involved in the First Nations fishery and First Nations youth. Alvin worked to raise awareness with Canadians about the experiences of Indigenous children in residential schools in his role through the BC Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society.