Running: the Alex Decoteau Story by Charlotte Cameron
Running: the Alex Decoteau Story tells the tale of a real Cree hero, brought to life in this moving one-act play by Charlotte Cameron. In 1911, in Edmonton, Alberta, Decoteau became Canada’s first aboriginal police officer, famous for chasing down speeding vehicles on foot to ticket them! A champion runner and popular figure, he raced for Canada at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. He fought for Canada in World War I and was killed, in 1917, while running a message at the Battle of Passchendaele. He was only 29 years old.
The book includes an historical note and archival photographs to provide background to the story. A fascinating introduction explains the origins of the play, its various versions, and the Alex Decoteau Run, which brought this aboriginal role model to the attention of many hundreds of Edmonton school children over the 10 years that the event was held.