Hundreds remember their 'stolen sisters'
Published Sunday, May 11, 2008 9:36PM MDT
Mother, sisters and daughters came together as one in Edmonton to remember and raise awareness for more than 500 Aboriginal women who are missing or have been murdered in Canada.
Hundreds of women walked through Edmonton streets, many of whom feel Aboriginal victims have been ignored or have been treated differently than women of different cultural backgrounds.
The family of Heather Bigstone, who was found dead two years ago, say they have struggled to get answers in her 'cold case.'
"It's still a little unknown, nothing's been solved [its] just left like that," said Heather's sister Terry Lynn Bigstone.
"She is up there pushing me to do all this stuff," said Peacha Atkinson, the mother of murdered teen Nina Courtepatte who was sexually assaulted and killed on a golf course in 2005.
Another victim who was on the minds of many was Rachel Quinney. Her mutilated body was found in a wooded area four years ago.
"She would have been happy," said Rachel's sister, Kaylin Quinney. "She would have been right here with us trying to stop all this stuff from happening in this world we live in today."
A number of Aboriginal men also took part, stating they had not forgotten about these women.
"We're here to support all the women who are hurting and need help," said Winston Northwest.
Plans for a Walk for Justice across Canada are underway. The walk will begin in Vancouver with a stop in Edmonton on July 3rd at the Canadian Native Friendship Centre.
With files from Erin Isfeld