About the Project
This non-profit movement is being undertaken to raise social awareness of the nation-wide issue around Missing and Murdered Indigenous People. By learning more about the individuals and the families who are directly affected by this issue, we hope Canadians will recognize that it is a serious nation-wide problem that concerns us all.
Iron Eagle’s Journey of Awareness is a project being undertaken to raise awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP). This is not a political project – it is in memoriam of the victims of MMIP. The focus of this journey is to get people to discover more about MMIP and provide a voice for the people who have been affected and who continue to be affected by the issues around MMIP.
The effort will be a cross-Canada journey by endurance athlete Doug Hahn to complete 13 full Ironman® triathlon distances in 24 days. That’s one triathlon event in each of the 10 provinces and 3 territories. Each triathlon consists of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride, and 42.2km run. Total distance per event is 226km. Total distance for all 13 events is 2,938km. The final event is scheduled to coincide with Ironman Canada 2020 triathlon in Penticton BC.
This is not a charity fundraising project. Although help will be sought to fund the expenses of the journey itself, no monies will be collected on behalf of a charity. Instead, anyone wishing to donate to a related charity can visit our Links to Charities page.
About the .
The eagle is facing West, to represent the final and longest part of the Journey, from St John’s NB to Penticton BC.
The logo was drawn by Winnipeg artist George Cook, originally from Opaskwayak Cree Nation, The Pas, Manitoba. George is a residential school survivor. His experience in artistry started at a very young age. When his teacher would catch him drawing in his notebooks (when he should have been doing homework), his teacher would ask “Is this going to help you in life?”, his answer would be “no and maybe”. Art became a hobby for George because he enjoyed doing it. He entered the workforce in the 80’s till present and the art of drawing continues to be one of his life endeavours.
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Doug has completed many 140.6-mile triathlon races across the world such as Ironman Nice in France, Ironman Germany and many other Ironman races in Canada and the USA. He has also completed many 70.3-mile Ironman races in Asia, South America, the USA and Canada and has qualified and completed Ironman world championship 70.3 twice: once in Chattanooga Tennessee and most recent in 2018 in South Africa. Doug has completed the Norseman extreme triathlon, known as one of the toughest in the world. Doug finished this race in just over 14 hours. He has also done off-road triathlons such as the Xterra events. He always looking for that next new challenge.
Fern has completed two full-distance Ironman races, two half-Ironman races, two marathons and several years of Long, Olympic and Sprint triathlons. This season, Fern plans to complete a 70.3 in Muskoka (half-Ironman) and a 140.6 in Penticton (full-Ironman).
Grace has run half marathons since 2014 and have done three sprint triathlons in 2019. She plans to do her first full Ironman distance along with Doug as he completes his 13th event in Penticton BC.
Grace is a mother of six from Brochet, Manitoba. She is a member of Barren Lands First Nation and currently undertaking her Masters at Brandon University. Her family still lives in reservations across Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Grace is currently teaching Woodland Cree at a high school in Brandon.
Pauwlina has completed an Ironman 140.6, eight Ironman 70.3’s, two Olympic triathlons, and two sprints. For the 2020 season she plans to complete three Ironman 70.3 distances (Victoria, Coeur D’Alene, Calgary), an Olympic local triathlon and three road races (one stage race).
She is experienced with operational excellence and efficiency improvement. She is very organized and has experience with social media promotion and advertising. Pauwlina is a pharmacist by profession and a mother to three young children. She is originally from the maritime provinces and has lived in NS, NB, PQ, ON, AB and BC which provides her with a fair bit of local geographical knowledge. She has travelled as a district manager in most of these provinces as well. She is fluent in French and English.
Kathryn is an engineer, married with 2 teenagers. She has completed numerous marathons, half marathons including the Boston Marathon. Kathryn has completed 2 full Ironmans, 4 half Ironmans and earned a spot to 2020 World Ironman Championships 70.3. In addition, she’s also completed many Olympic and Sprint distances, and represented Canada at the ITU World Championships in Rotterdam 2018.
Stacey is a retired hairstylist and salon owner. Enjoying her career in this fast paced costumer service industry has assisted in creating the admiration and respect for all people. Stacey has exceptional customer service skills which allows her to be able to be empathetic to all people and a good listener. These skills will create a welcoming environment for people to feel comfortable in sharing their experiences.
Stacey started attending university at Brandon University and quickly fell in love with the culture, traditions and knowledge of Indigenous people. Her Bachelor of Arts degree is a major in Native studies and a minor in English. Stacey has always been a person who believes that we must look at people independently and abolish stereotypes.