From the Creeland Mini mart on Albert Street, to the Legislative building and on to the Manitoba border the Sask Walk for Missing and Murdered persons on Saturday drew crowds and turned heads.
These walks happen across Canada, province to province to draw attention and push the issues faced by Canada’s Aboriginal people.
In Regina, Daniel James Still lead the walk, dancing all the way to the Legislative building with nearly 100 supporters in tow.
“I’m not doing it for myself, I’m doing it for my people, my friends, my family. The one’s that we loved and we miss,” said Still, his two children at his side.
Many shared this sentiment, holding pictures of those they lost, posters and blankets with names, faces, and the date a loved one was last seen.
“No one seems to care, that’s how we feel about,” said Dianne BigEagle who was walking for her daughter Danita, who has been missing since Feb. 11 2007.
Though many had lost someone close, the crowd and the walkers felt that the visibility, and walks or anything to draw attention issue, is helping.
“Oh they’re hearing us! You know, they’re starting to hear us and we’re not going to give up — we’re going to shout from the highest rooftop that this is happening,” said BigEagle.
Evening Star-Andreas, one of the organizers of the walk, said “I’m not stopping till I get justice.”
The walkers will carry on to the Manitoba border were they will meet other walkers. Still will be there, advocating for greater awareness.
“No more being quiet, no more being silent.”