Highway of Tears 7f - Community Responses


Community Responses

[imagecaption] ‘The Highway’, Kitsumkalum First Nation BC, 2017. Artists: N’we Jinan Artists with students at Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo School. [/imagecaption]


Some communities have responded to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women along the Highway of Tears by reclaiming it as a space of memorial and protest.

Gladys Radek, whose niece Tamara Chipman disappeared along the Highway of Tears, co-founded Walk4Justice, an annual walk to raise awareness and seek justice for missing and murdered women.  As part of this campaign, participants walk 4000km, partly along Highway 16, from Vancouver to Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Ramona Wilson’s sister, Brenda, has been organising an annual Ramona Wilson Memorial Walk for over two decades where family, friends and community members walk the same stretch of highway where Ramona took her final steps.


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