Williams Lake’s Jacinta Sampson (third from left) and Ciyathia Adams (second from right) are currently taking part in the Peace and Dignity Journey 2012 from Alaska to Guatemala. This photo was taken in Mazahuacan

Locals run for peace and dignity

Two Williams Lake residents are currently treking across the U.S. and Central America as part of a run for peace and dignity.

Two Williams Lake residents are currently treking across the U.S. and Central America as part of a run for peace and dignity.

Ciyathia Adams (Canoe Creek) and Jacinta Sampson (Esket) are part of a journey called Peace and Dignity Journey 2012 — Water, running from Alaska to Tikal National Park in Guatemala. The run began May 1 and will finish Nov. 28 in Guatemala.

Every four years PDJ participants run for different causes.

To celebrate Denisiqi Services Society and Nadine Adams, Ciyathia’s mom, are hosting a fundraising Indian taco fundraiser (chilli, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese on bannock) lunch this Friday, Nov. 9, from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

“Come and learn about Peace and Dignity Journey and support our Williams Lake community members, Ciyathia and Jacinta,” Nadine said.

Ciyathia and Jacinta joined the PDJ runners during the first week of July in Washington State and just recently left Mexico City with the group.

PDJ strives to bring sacred staves to as many communities as possible as a way to bring communities closer together, Nadine said.

“The runners must abide by strict guidelines be alcohol and drug free, run a minimal 20 miles a day, participate in daily ceremonies and also in ceremonies the host communities facilitate,” Nadine said.

The runners also pray in their individual traditional customs or religious beliefs.

While the northern PDJ participants began in Alaska a southern PDJ group started in Argentina on April. 4 and will meet with the northern group on Nov. 28.

Everyone is welcome to attend Friday’s fundraiser, Nadine said.

Denisiqi Services Society is located at 240B Mackenzie Ave.

For more information contact Nadine at 250-398-0335.

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