If you drove along Highway 16 going towards Vanderhoof on Sunday afternoon and saw a parade of red dresses, that was to honour the lives of women that have been lost along that road, also known as the Highway of Tears.
The Red Dress Campaign this weekend was the first of its kind in Prince George. Khast’an drummers from the Lheidli T’enneh played proudly in front of the men and women who were holding dresses high in the sky in support. The group gathered after for speeches and a prayer in the Petro Canada parking lot.
The group also gathered at Mr. PG for a big group photo, and they later met and Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park for a candlelight vigil, writing names on white bags of lives lost. The dresses were hung in the tress of the park to cement the emotion felt on the day to honour these women and the families who have been struck by tragedy.
Today was a day that the voiceless were finally given a voice.