The 12th anniversary of the disappearance of 22 year old Tamara Chipman is approaching and to note the loss a group of walkers are heading to Smithers from Prince Rupert to attend the hearing session by the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s inquiry.
The walkers are taking part in the 7th annual awareness walk all of which have been organized by Gladys Radek. Tamara is her niece. But the walk isn’t just in the memory of Tamara, Radek says the walk is for all of the women who have lost their lives or disappeared along the highway 16 corridor. Radek has had her personal car outfitted with photos of missing and murdered from all over Canada, but the car has been redone to reflect victims from BC only. Gladys says the walk is all about solidarity and awareness.
The walkers are timing their arrival in Smithers with the inquiry which will sit for three days, the 27th through the 29th. It is the lone stop for the inquiry in BC.
Radek says far too many women have gone missing and there are no answers for the families. She says her walks have benefited those families who have been feeling left out and alone
The walkers are looking for support in the form of cash, fuel cards and/or Tim Hortons cards.