Monday, January 04, 2010

More calls for action on Highway of Tears

"We've asked and asked again but there is no answer. I can't even begin to estimate how many more women have gone unnoticed. Why has it taken Canada so long to act?" -- Bernie Williams, a native elder and activist seeking assistance for the families of the missing and murdered women of the Highway of Tears.

A protest held over the weekend in Vancouver has once again called for more involvement by government officials in the numerous cases of missing, disappeared or murdered woman across Canada and along the Highway of Tears in particular.

One of the participants of the protest this weekend past was Bernice Williams, a native elder and the aunt of Tamara Chipman, who is one of the 18 victims on the RCMP's Highway of Tears list.

Ms. Williams was the driving force behind the Walk 4 Justice, an annual long-distance walk to Prince Rupert from Vancouver that takes place to raise awareness of the missing, and murdered women of Highway 16.

Over 100 women took part in the protest on Sunday, seeking to engage the Federal government in the debate, asking government officials to listen to their plea for a public inquiry into the more than 500 missing and murdered aboriginal women cases across Canada.

Vancouver Sun-- Protesters demand inquiry into missing aboriginal women
UPI-- Action demanded on unsolved Canada cases

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