Alberta men to walk 3,800 km to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
They hope to meet with PM and the minister of Crown-Indigenous relations in Ottawa
Three Indigenous men from Alberta are walking to Ottawa to raise awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and to acknowledge the remains of children continuing to be discovered at the sites of residential school sites.
Adam McDonald, Stanley Gilbert Jean and Leo Simpson started off in northern Alberta. So far, they've made it to Bassano, Alta., covering an average of 26 kilometres a day regardless of the weather as they make their way to Parliament Hill.
This isn't the first time McDonald has done a trip like this. He started walking to raise awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in 2016, travelling alone from Fort McMurray, Alta., to Ottawa.
This time, he has company — and another purpose. The three men are also walking in honour of the growing number of unmarked graves of children discovered at the sites of residential schools across the country.
When they reach Ottawa, the men hope to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, Carolyn Bennett.
McDonald said he didn't know how to feel at first about the residential school discoveries, but the emotions and hurt endured throughout the centuries by Indigenous people in Canada have made him more resolute than ever in his goal of raising awareness.
"I will never, ever stop," he said.
With files from Terri Trembath