The Tamara Chipman Walk has made its way through Moricetown today ahead of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls hearings this week in Smithers.
Around 30 people have walked from Prince Rupert to Smithers to raise awareness for women like 22-year-old Chipman from Moricetown, who went missing in 2005.
Her aunt, Gladys Radek, organized the walk and hopes the inquiry can find a solution to a problem that has no easy answer.
“Whether they’re from the reserve or whether they’re from the towns or cities; we need the resources that are going to be able to protect the women instead of letting them fall or becoming targets of being raped or killed or going missing,” says Radek.
The hearings will start tomorrow and wrap up on Thursday in Smithers.
Opening ceremonies will start tomorrow morning with remarks from the commissioners at the Friendship Centre Hall after 9AM.