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A bike tour taking place Sunday, June 24, 2018 in Winnipeg wants to educate people about the historical significance of the Metis Nation in Manitoba while keeping them active. 

The tour is the first in a series called "Traditional Trails."

It was started by Indigenous cyclists Adrian Alphonso and Justin L'Arrivee, who used to take the ride with their friends. 

"It was a great way to talk about our history and learn more about the history of the Metis people," Alphonso said. "So we thought we'd include all nations, all genders and all ages to our group rides." 

Alphonso says the event is open to anyone who shows up with their bike and there is no cap to how many people can join the ride. Stops along the way include Louis Riel's grave, Elzear Goulet's memorial, the St. Boniface Museum, Norwood Bridge and the Forks, where the ride starts and ends. 

"This is an open tour, it doesn't cost anything and we want to make sure everybody has access to this," Alphonso said. "Just show up." 

Alphonso says any riders under the age of 18 will need parental supervision and will have to sign a waiver. The event starts this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at The Forks and the ride begins at 1:30 p.m. Alphonso says it will last approximately two hours. 

Sunday's event is one of a number of rides Alphonso and L'Arrivee will host this summer that focus on a variety of topics including Metis history, medicine and food knowledge, Indigenous art and murals, Indigenous women's organizing and reconciliation. 

You can stay up to date on the dates and times of the rides on the Traditional Trails Facebook page.

Sunday's event is being put on in association with The W.R.E.N.C.H. and Bike Week Winnipeg.

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