Missing women march to end at empty Parliament

Gladys Radek and her group of Native activists had hoped to be at least within earshot of MPs on Monday (September 15), when Parliament was originally scheduled to convene.

On that day, they would have walked at least 4,000 kilometres across the country from Vancouver to raise awareness about Canada’s missing women and the need to conduct a public inquiry into the matter.

However, there won’t be a sitting Parliament when they finally get to Parliament Hill, three days after entering Ottawa tomorrow (September 12). Prime Minister Stephen Harper pulled the plug on his own minority Conservative government.

But this isn’t going to deter Radek and 14 other marchers from completing their task.

According to the grandmother of five, they will deliver their petition for a public inquiry as well as the signatures of support they gathered along the way and on-line straight to Harper’s office.

Radek, a member of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, had previously noted that across Canada, 3,000 women, mostly aboriginal, have disappeared without a trace.

One of the missing women is Radek’s niece, Tamara Chipman, who was 22 years old when she was last seen hitchhiking east of Prince Rupert in September 2005.

“One way or another, the package is going to get to his office,” Radek told the Straight by phone en route to Kingston, Ontario.