About 75 people gathered on the side of Highway 16 this weekend to stand in silent memory of the murdered and missing women of Northern BC.
Each person held high a red dress to symbolize the loss of a life for the inaugural Prince George Red Dress Campaign.
Co-Organizer, Tammy Meise says the red dress brings a new meaning to the tragedy. “The red dress is to symbolize a life taken and it’s to bring awareness and acknowledgement and giving a voice back to those who we’re so wrongly taken,” she said.
Meise lost her childhood friend Kari Ann Gordon who went missing in 1996 and was found murdered one year later. “It’s time that they get a voice,” she said.
Gordon’s sister, Kjersti Koolegrant was also in attendance today. Bringing forth a message of awareness to missing and murdered women. “She is here in spirit, she would be the person standing at the very front of the line of everyone to make sure that everyone is heard.”
The Khast’an drummers of the Lheidli T’enneh played along the highway with pride. Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, Terry Teegee held up a red dress to honour his fallen family members, Ramona Wilson and Norma George.
Teegee hopes for more recommendations on the national inquiry for missing and murdered aboriginal women. “I hope that this event and other events like it across the country continues to put pressure on both levels of government as well as society in general to change their minds in terms of the relationship with indigenous women.”
Back in the city, white bags were signed for a candlelight vigil to remember those lost lives. Red dresses were also hung on the trees at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.