The Terry Fox Foundation (TFF) and Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) are proud to announce that the 2021 Terry Fox Run shirt will feature Métis-inspired art.
On May 17, 1980 Terry’s mom and dad, Betty and Rolly, arrived in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to visit him for the first time on his Marathon of Hope. In his journal he writes, “My Mom and Dad came out on the last two miles. It was great to see them.” Family was so important to Terry. They supported him through all his challenges and triumphs; they stepped up to carry his dream when Terry no longer could. As we know well, the Fox family are proud Canadians. Like many of us, they wanted to learn more about their heritage and their research led them to discover their Métis lineage on the Gladue side of the family (Betty Fox’s mom was Marian Gladue).
To honour their history, the family liaised with Métis Nation BC to create this year’s t-shirt. The design celebrates Terry’s heritage, with illustrations of traditional Métis floral beading created by Métis artist Mal Blondeau (the Métis are known as the Flower Beadwork People.) The flowers chosen honour the land where Terry’s ancestors lived: the prairie crocus of Manitoba and the wild prairie rose of North Dakota.
The Foundation’s mission – to fund cancer research – is written in English, French and the Métis traditional language of Michif, as is the phrase “Try like Terry”, in honour of his remarkable effort. The back of the shirt includes a mouse track beadwork border with the Métis infinity symbol.
“Working with the Fox family the past few months has been a truly rewarding experience for MNBC,” says Lissa Dawn Smith, MNBC Acting President. “To be able to celebrate the Fox Family’s Métis heritage while promoting such a worthy cause is fulfilling for our Nation.”
The shirt will be ready for shipping in early July, but you can order yours today! Register to start fundraising for the 2021 Terry Fox Run at terryfox.org and purchase during the process, or visit https://shop.terryfox.org