Highway of Tears ‘Cleansing the Highway’ Walk Draws to a Close
Prince George, B.C. – The cleansing the highway walk – an over 700 km journey from Prince Rupert to Prince George to raise awareness to the many missing and murdered women along the so called ‘Highway of Tears’ – has finally drawn to a close today at Lheidl T’enneh Memorial Park.
It lasted three weeks and included the participation of many of the family members who lost loved ones along the highway and featured a series of forums in communities along the route.
Brenda Wilson, who’s sister Ramona Lisa Wilson was murdered 22 years ago, is pleased with how things turned out.
“We got tons of support all the way from Prince Rupert to Prince George. People had luncheons and suppers for us so it was just an outpouring of support from so many in the communities.”
She says the walk also allowed them to provide affected families with valuable support – support in many cases they didn’t know was available to them.
“So we’ve left them with a tool kit in each of the communities (13 in all) to ensure they know what to do if somebody should go missing or is murdered.”
Another goal of the walk was to raise awareness surrounding the transportation needs of the region.
In light of that goal she admitted she was pleased with the provincial government’s pledge last week to have a transit link in place by the end of this year.
“I’m really happy but at the same time I’m skeptical because we’ve had promises before but until things are in place, that’s the only time that I’m going to start feeling comfortable in accepting those ideas.”
According to police 18 woman have gone missing or been murdered along the route though Wilson estimates that number is much higher.
“There’s no estimation because as we went through these communities more of these stories started coming through,” she says.
“Stories about different individuals that were reported missing but nothing ever came out of it. It wasn’t continued. Not the way the policies are put in place today, where the follow-up continues so these cases need to be addressed.”