"Walk for Justice - Highway of Tears
Justice walk headed for
Written by FRANK PEEBLES
Prince George Citizen
June 3, 2008
Gladys Radek, who lost a niece to the Highway of Tears, is marching her concerns
right to the prime minister's front door. She is bringing hundreds of friends
with her and hopes for thousands of signatures along the way.
She launched the Walk4Justice to draw attention to all the missing and murdered
women not only in the Highway of Tears file but many others besides.
The Walk4Justice begins on National Aboriginal Day June 21.
"The Highway of Tears march to Prince George and the symposium there was the
kicker," Radek said. "I felt that something more needed to be done because ever
since the Highway of Tears walk (March 2006) virtually nothing has happened. No
new leads after four decades of missing women. The numbers of victims out there
are not matching the RCMP's list. We want people to realize that these women,
when they go missing, are also leaving behind children and we want those
children to know that we care, as a society, what happened to their mothers and
we will look after them."
Radek has been a social activist in the Vancouver area for about 15 years,
although she was raised a member of the Wet'sewet'en nation in northern B.C. She
is the aunt of Tamara Chipman, 22, who disappeared while hitchhiking east of
Prince Rupert on Sept. 21, 2005. Chipman's young son Jaden plays a large role in
Radek's activities now.
We want these women and children to have a voice," Radek said.
Radek said the march is intended to push Canadians, especially those in
government, to set up safeguards against violence against women, put more
mechanisms of transparency and accountability for authorities into place, and
overhaul the justice system, among other goals.
"In my heart I know these women will get some justice, some closure," Radek
said, but insisted that those named in the official RCMP investigation were only
a fraction of the real death toll. "We are gathering names of victims through
each province so we can present the truer number to the prime minister."
Radek is leading the march from Vancouver to Kamloops, to Jasper, east to
Edmonton then south to Calgary and east to Parliament Hill, where they have a
ceremony scheduled for Sept. 15.
"We already have over 1,000 people nationwide communicating over this," Radek
said. "Since I started organizing this in January I have learned that we do have
a very caring society."
Many events are already planned for along the way. Several residents of the
Highway of Tears - generally located on Highway 16 between the coast and the
Cariboo - will meet with the walkers on Kamloops. Radek also hopes that northern
contacts might be willing to organize an associated walk along the Highway of
Tears and meet up with them at Mount Robson on June 30.
For information on the march and how to donate or volunteer, log on to
To sign the petition destined for Prime Minister Stephen Harper log on to
click the International Politics and Government button and scroll down to First
Nations Missing and Murdered Women heading.
Prince George Citizen
"WALK4JUSTICE 2008 - Highway
of Tears - Walk from Vancouver to Ottawa"
Route Plan From Vancouver
Leaving / Arriving
1. Vancouver June 21, 08 / Chilliwack June 21, 08
2. ChilliwackJune 22, 08 / Kamloops June24, 08
3. Kamloops June 25, 08 / Mount Robson June 30, 08
4. Mount Robson July 1, 08 / Edmonton July 3, 08
5. Edmonton July 6, 08 / Calgary July 8, 08
6. Calgary July 10, 08 / Medicine Hat July 12, 08
7. Medicine Hat July 14, 08 / Swift Current July 16, 08
8. Swift Current July 18, 08 / Regina July 22, 08
9. Regina July 24, 08 / Brandon July 26, 08
10. Brandon July 28, 08 / Winnipeg July 30, 08
11. Winnipeg Aug 1, 08 / Kenora Aug 3, 08
12. Kenora Aug 5, 08 / Ignace Aug 7, 08
13. Ignace Aug 9, 08 / Thunder Bay Aug 11, 08
14. Thunder Bay Aug 13, 08 / Marathon Aug 15, 08
15. Marathon Aug 15, 08 / Wawa Aug 16, 08
16. Wawa Aug 17, 08 / Sault Ste Marie Aug 19, 08
17. Sault Ste Marie Aug 21, 08 / Sudbury Aug 24, 08
18. Sudbury Aug 25, 08 / Toronto Aug 29, 08
19. Toronto Sep 2, 08 / Tyendinaga Sep 4, 08
20. Tyendinaga Sep 8, 08 / Ottawa Sept 12, 08
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION THAT IS GOING TO OTTAWA AND FORWARD THIS TO
EVERYONE ON YOUR LISTS...
thanks - your w4j working group