The parents of a missing La Ronge woman are set to host the community’s second annual awareness walk for missing and murdered Indigenous women on April 3.
Carson and Regina Poitras’ daughter, Happy Charles, went missing in April 2017 after she left her La Ronge home on the way to Prince Albert.
“(We are doing this) to keep our daughters name in the public,” Carson Poitras says. “We have heard of other instances where people have kept their loved one’s names in the spotlight, and it’s brought people forward.”
He adds that they will continue to do the walk for their missing daughter’s sake.
“We open the walk to anybody that would want to join us. We have invited some dignitaries, like the Prince Albert police. The chief and deputy chief have indicated that they are going to come.”
Carson Poitras says NDP MLA Doyle Vermette, NDP MP Georgina Jolibois and Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson have also been invited.
So far, Vermette has confirmed attendance.
“The big thing that we want from all of this is an office for missing persons in each of the major cities and communities in the north,” he says.
The walk will begin at the LLRIB’s far reserve junction and end at the urban reserve in La Ronge.
At the conclusion of the walk, a wiener roast will be held along with hot beverages.
Charles’ parents say they will continue to investigate all information that comes in about their daughter.
If you would like to attend the 2nd Annual Awareness Walk: Missing Happy Charles and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, you can find more information on Facebook.
(PHOTO: Happy Charles. File photo.)