Smithers will be the site of a symposium to find transportation solutions on a notorious stretch of northern BC highway next month.
The First Nations Health Authority and BC transportation ministry are partnering to host the event which will hear from First Nations communities and municipalities from Prince Rupert to Prince George.
Known as the Highway of Tears, the Highway 16 corridor has been the backdrop to the murders and disappearances of a number of women and girls, many of which are Aboriginal.
Transportation Minister Todd Stone says discussions will focus on finding transportation options to address both medical and non-medical travel.
Stone says the the symposium will build on the work that the government has done to date as it continues to look for “practical, affordable, and sustainable” solutions.
The province has been criticized by First Nations, the NDP, and some municipal government officials for its failure to come up with safe transportation solutions for Highway 16.
The recommendation for safe transportation along the HIghway of Tears was made in the 2012 report by Missing Women Commissioner Wally Oppal.
The Highway 16 transportation symposium is set cof November 24th.
There’s a survey for those living in First Nations communities to find out what their experiences along the highway are.