Missing Sisters Walk Reaches Its Destination
Friday, July 22, 2005 at 15:39
A walk designed to raise awareness of the plight of over 500 missing First Nations women in western Canada ended in Saskatoon today.
It began Monday on the Onion Lake First Nation, and was spearheaded by the family of Dahleen Bosse — an Onion Lake band member who went missing in Saskatoon in March 2004.
They were joined by dozens of supporters, including members of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations’ Women’s Commission and the Native Women’s Association of Canada.
A ceremony marking the conclusion of the week-long trek includes speeches by Bosse’s parents, Herb and Pauline Muskego.
Those in attendance also heard from the mother of Amber Redman — a 19-year-old Aboriginal woman who went missing from the Fort Qu’Appelle area about a week ago.
FSIN Chief Alphonse Bird says society must spend more time trying to find these women, as well as ways to ensure the women in Aboriginal communities are safe from harm.
Native Women’s Association of Canada President Bev Jacobs says her group is committed to creating a national database to assist the families of these missing women.