Highway of Tears Walk & Forums Aim to Raise Awareness, Improve Safety
Prince Rupert, B.C. – Today marks the beginning of the Highway of Tears ‘Cleansing the Highway’ Walk.
It will leave Nisga Hall in Prince Rupert before making its way towards Prince George. It will also include forums in many of the communities along Highway 16.
Organizers say the goal is to help bring awareness to “the many missing and murdered loved ones from Highway 16.”
Another goal is to support northern communities along the highway develop safety plans. It was 10 years ago a symposium was organized in Prince George to coordinate and address the issue of many indigenous women who were going missing or found murdered.
It was then a group of family members walked from Prince Rupert to Prince George to help raise awareness.
To mark the 10 years that have passed, some of the families will walk the same highway to continue to raise awareness.
Many of the cases remain unsolved while family members continue to search for answers.
Below is the route and forum schedule:
– Prince Rupert June 1-Nisga Hall 860 3rd Ave. West
– Terrace June 3-George Little House (Victim & Survivors Crime Walk)
– Kitwanga June 5-Kitwanga Hall
– Hagwilget June 7-Hagwilget Hall
– Hazelton June 8-Private Luncheon
– Smithers June 11-Ramona Lisa Wilson Memorial Walk & Music Fest
– Burns Lake-June 13-Location TBA
– Prince George- June 21-Treasure Cove parking lot to Lheidli Tenneh Park (RCMP Escort)