Category Archives: Highway of Tears

Official: Serial killer suspect’s call to cops led to arrest

BATON ROUGE, La. — A suspected serial killer was arrested in Louisiana last week after he called a sheriff’s office and claimed responsibility for a string of shootings that killed three men and wounded a fourth, according to a law enforcement official.

Ryan Sharpe, 36, wasn’t a suspect in the shootings until he called the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office last Wednesday and identified himself as the killer, said the official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

After the call ended, the sheriff’s office called Sharpe again but he didn’t answer, according to the official. However, Sharpe later called them back and once again identified himself as the shooter they were seeking, the official said.

The calls immediately led investigators to Sharpe’s home in Clinton, where officers saw him drive away in a white four-door Nissan Altima. They tried to pull him over but he led them

Read more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/official-serial-killer-suspect-s-call-to-cops-led-to-arrest-1.23066401

Remembering Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Two Indigenous KPU instructors and “Butterflies in Spirit” hosted an event to raise awareness on Sept. 26

(From left to right) Billie Jeanne, KPU professors Melinda Bige and Lisa Monchalin, and Maranda Johnson. Jeanne, Monchalin and Johnson are members of “Butterflies in Spirit”. (Ashley Hyshka)

In Canada, around 1,000 Indigenous women and girls have been reported by the RCMP as missing or murdered over the last four decades. Other statistics put that number as high as 4,000.

KPU instructors Lisa Monchalin and Melinda Bige drew attention to that issue with an on-campus event called “Raising Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls”, hosted by the Indigenous Activism and Introduction to Indigenous Studies courses that they teach.

Students created posters stating that “Indigenous women are loved and valued” in class before proceeding to the KPU

Read more at: http://runnermag.ca/2017/10/remembering-canadas-missing-and-murdered-indigenous-women-and-girls/

Highway of Tears needs better public transit, community members say

Scheck, like many residents of small communities along Hwy. 16 in central British Columbia, can’t afford to live in Smithers but also can’t find work — or even buy groceries — in his town. If he were able to work five days a week, he estimates he’d take home an extra $400 a month.

The province launched the $5-a-trip bus route from Burns Lake to Smithers in June. It also started a route from Prince George to Burns Lake, which operates Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. A route that connects Smithers and nearby Moricetown has operated since January.

Still, advocates say the service is only a patchwork, and it arrived more than a decade after families and Indigenous advocates called on the government to provide public transportation along a notorious stretch of Hwy. 16 known as the Highway of Tears.

The RCMP says 18 women have gone missing or have been murdered on the

Read more at: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/10/01/highway-of-tears-needs-more-public-transit-community-members-say.html

‘We’re going to watch you’: Here’s what families say needs to happen as MMIWG inquiry wraps BC hearings

“We’re going to watch you.” 

That message was delivered to the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls by Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Namoks (John Ridsdale) on the third and final day of community hearings in Smithers, B.C., on Thursday.

“We don’t want you to make a report, put it away and dust it off when it comes handy for you to use,” he said. 

“We’re not letting you off easy, because we were not let off easy.”

Chief commissioner Marion Buller summarized what the inquiry had heard about the personal impacts of the disproportionate rate of violence against Indigenous women and girls.

“We’ve heard of tremendous losses to generations of families,” she said.

“We have also heard of the

Read more at: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/apos-apos-going-watch-apos-055105744.html

‘We’re going to watch you’: Here’s what families say needs to …

“We’re going to watch you.” 

That message was delivered to the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls by Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Namoks (John Ridsdale) on the third and final day of community hearings in Smithers, B.C., on Thursday.

MMIWG commissioners

MMIWG commissioners Michèle Audette and Marion Buller listen to a message from Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs.

“We don’t want you to make a report, put it away and dust it off when it comes handy for you to use,” he said. 

“We’re not letting you off easy, because we were not let off easy.”

‘You shine the light on the darkness of racism, sexism and indifference.’
– Marion Buller, chief commissioner

Chief commissioner Marion Buller summarized what the inquiry had heard about the personal impacts of the disproportionate rate of violence against Indigenous women and girls.

“We’ve heard of tremendous losses to

Read more at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mmiwg-inquiry-wrap-1.4312518

‘We’re going to watch you’: Here’s what families say needs to happen as MMIWG inquiry wraps BC hearings

“We’re going to watch you.” 

That message was delivered to the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls by Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Namoks (John Ridsdale) on the third and final day of community hearings in Smithers, B.C., on Thursday.

MMIWG commissioners

MMIWG commissioners Michèle Audette and Marion Buller listen to a message from Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs.

“We don’t want you to make a report, put it away and dust it off when it comes handy for you to use,” he said. 

“We’re not letting you off easy, because we were not let off easy.”

‘You shine the light on the darkness of racism, sexism and indifference.’
– Marion Buller, chief commissioner

Chief commissioner Marion Buller summarized what the inquiry had heard about the personal impacts of the disproportionate rate of violence against Indigenous women and girls.

“We’ve heard of tremendous losses to

Read more at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mmiwg-inquiry-wrap-1.4312518

‘We’re going to watch you’: Here’s what families say needs to … – CBC

“We’re going to watch you.” 

That message was delivered to the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls by Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Namoks (John Ridsdale) on the third and final day of community hearings in Smithers, B.C., on Thursday.

MMIWG commissioners

MMIWG commissioners Michèle Audette and Marion Buller listen to a message from Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs.

“We don’t want you to make a report, put it away and dust it off when it comes handy for you to use,” he said. 

“We’re not letting you off easy, because we were not let off easy.”

‘You shine the light on the darkness of racism, sexism and indifference.’
– Marion Buller, chief commissioner

Chief commissioner Marion Buller summarized what the inquiry had heard about the personal impacts of the disproportionate rate of violence against Indigenous women and girls.

“We’ve heard of tremendous losses to

Read more at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mmiwg-inquiry-wrap-1.4312518

Skepticism and hope as national MMIWG hearings come to BC’s Highway of Tears

Gladys Radek has spent a lot of time walking since her niece Tamara Chipman disappeared 12 years ago.

She’s marched across the country to speak in the House of Commons about her niece and other missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

She’s also walked the Highway of Tears, the stretch of Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert, B.C., where Chipman was last seen.

On Monday, Radek completed what she says will be her final walk: a 300-kilometre journey from Prince Rupert to Smithers where she will testify at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

“The first walk that we did was to demand a national inquiry, so now that we have this national inquiry, what we’ll be doing is we’ll be walking into those

Read more at: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/skepticism-hope-national-mmiwg-hearings-090000784.html

Skepticism and hope as national MMIWG hearings come to BC’s Highway of Tears

Gladys Radek has spent a lot of time walking since her niece Tamara Chipman disappeared 12 years ago.

She’s marched across the country to speak in the House of Commons about her niece and other missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

She’s also walked the Highway of Tears, the stretch of Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert, B.C., where Chipman was last seen.

On Monday, Radek completed what she says will be her final walk: a 300-kilometre journey from Prince Rupert to Smithers where she will testify at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Gladys Radek

Gladys Radek holds a photo of her niece Tamara Chipman, who disappeared in 2005 along Highway 16 in northern B.C. The 700-kilometre stretch of highway between Prince George and Prince Rupert has been dubbed the Highway of Tears because of the number of women and

Read more at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mmiwg-hearings-smithers-1.4303888

Canada’s forgotten women

Sarah de Vries started running away when she was 13, in 1983. She lived in cheap apartments and grim hotels in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia – places that would let a teenager turn tricks. Later, she got hooked on heroin.

Sarah’s big sister, Maggie, remembers a bubbly, adorable baby. But life was not always easy. Of mixed race, with some black and aboriginal ancestry, Sarah was targeted by racist bullies, and sometimes felt disconnected from her white adoptive family.

In 1995, she wrote about how many women were missing from her neighborhood, Vancouver’s rough Downtown Eastside.

“Am I next? Is he watching me now?” she wrote in a journal her sister published years later, after Sarah, too, disappeared. “Stalking me like a predator and its prey. Waiting, waiting for some perfect spot, time or my stupid mistake.”

We know now that the Downtown Eastside was where serial

Read more at: https://www.iol.co.za/news/world/canadas-forgotten-women-1462907