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Sarah Peden and Jordan Wesley share the flame with elders in the Kitsumkalum - Photo by Cynthia Bohn
REPORTING · 3rd February 2010
Merv Ritchie
The Olympic Flame arrived in the Village of Kitamaat to start its tour through the Sacred Circle beginning with the Haisla Nation. Two Torch Bearers, Jesse Smith and Katherine Taneille Johnson carried the flame for the Haisla.

In the District of Kitimat there were eight torch bearers; Alex Wyder, Greg Kingdon, Cheryl Beattie, Jane Treweeke, Kwan Ping Law, Laurence Robinson, David Robert Brown and Michel Valois

In the Hub of the Sacred Circle, a Celebration Community, there were a total of 23 representatives selected to carry the flame through the Tsimshian traditional territory of Terrace. Shantelle McLean, Mario Desjardins, Amarjit Grewal, Donald Blanchard, Jason Arsenault, Dave Jephson, Mike Ambach, James Casey, Carmen Gemmell, Norma Kerby, Lindsay Mickelson, Kristina Csondes, Heidi Siebring, Ian Maxwell, Wilma Maxwell, Margaret Kujat, Ken Newman, Ted Pellegrino, Ali Howard, Robert Cuthbert, Benedict Sabal, Laurie Gallant and Bill Walker.

On behalf of the Kitsumkalum reserve lands of the Tsimshian, two runners; Sarah Peden and Jordan Wesley were selected to hoist the flame and honour their people.

In the Nass Valley, at New Aiyansh, the Nisga’a arm of the Sacred Circle; Robert Munroe, Kevin McKay, Justin Mercer and Matthew Mills celebrated the running of the flame from Athens Greece, uniting the people in a common bond across all Nations.

The flame was then delivered to the shores of the Tsimshian lands bordering the Haida spoke of the Circle with another four torch bearers; Linda Spouler, Kelly-Ruth Mercier, Mike Wu and Charlotte Rowse.


A short video of the Flame run in Kitimat is attached below courtesy of Gary Haupt.

A set of five videos from the Terrace Celebration can be found HERE
Nice...but
Comment by Gerry on 7th February 2010
The flame came... some were awed, nice..but!! The children on the side of the road cheering are Campbell's first victims as he starts his cuts to schools. Just the $1,000,000,000.00 ( that's billion) he's spending on security, imagine what that money could have done put toward education and amateur sport... it's blown, gone,like the flame wasted on Campbell's Olympic sized ego!