During the week of July 12-16, 2021, the CASA Foundation hosted the ‘CASA 2021 Cycle Challenge: Every Child Matters’. Our cycle challenge was unique this year as we could not head to the mountains, as with previous years. Instead, our cyclists could choose to cycle ONE or all FIVE of our pre-planned daily routes, all situated within the traditional land of Treaty 6 Territory, the ancestral home of our Indigenous peoples. CASA Foundation was honoured to have Elder Joanne White from Alexander Reserve, to offer her wisdom, prayers and presence; each day we took the time to give a land acknowledgment and to seek out the truths of historical traumas experienced by our Indigenous. It was with extremely heavy hearts that we validated the discovery, in the news, of over 300 Indigenous children, buried at former residential schools, within the first three days of our rides. Our cyclists rode with courage and humility, as daily we took into our spirits the personal reasons behind why ‘EVERY CHILD MATTERS’ to us!!
Thank you to the Flaman Foundation for their on-going support to CASA and for stepping up as the presenting sponsor for the CASA Cycle Challenge 2021. This event continues until October 10, 2021 which happens to be World Mental Health Day. There is still time to get some kilometres in and support children’s mental health!