9th Annual Full Moon Memory Walk Remembers Missing Women

9th Full Moon Memory Walk getting underway at City Hall in Thunder Bay
9th Full Moon Memory Walk getting underway at City Hall in Thunder Bay

9th Full Moon Memory Walk getting underway at City Hall in Thunder Bay
9th Full Moon Memory Walk getting underway at City Hall in Thunder Bay

Full Moon Memory Walk Honours Murdered and Missing Women

THUNDER BAY – Rain and cool temperatures did not dampen the spirits of remembrance at the Full Moon Memory Walk in Thunder Bay today. Organizer Sharon Johnson shared that the weather had her in tears earlier, but her older sister said to her, “Even if it is just us, we will walk the walk.”

City of Thunder Bay Aboriginal Liaison Ann said “The rain is nature’s way of cleansing us”.

Chief of Police Participates in Opening

Thunder Bay Chief of Police JP Lesveque addressed the gathering of well over 100 people at City Hall.

Chief JP Lesveque thanked the event organizers for including him and Deputy Chief of Police Hay to attend. The Chief commented on how there is a growing positive relationship forming between Police and First Nations. Chief Lesveque commented on how the partnership between Police and the Indian Friendship Centre, funded by Ontario to combat domestic violence is making a difference.

Chief Lesveque shared with the audience that he wants to open and keep open a dialogue with the community.

Mayor Keith Hobbs thanked everyone for attending. Hobbs commented on how the murder of Sharon Johnson’s sister is still an unsolved murder, and that while it is a “Cold case, we are all hoping and praying it will one day be solved”.

Mayor Hobbs, Chief of Police JP Lesveque and Deputy Chief Hay stand in solidarity at the  Full Moon Memory Walk
Mayor Hobbs, Chief of Police JP Lesveque and Deputy Chief Hay stand in solidarity at the Full Moon Memory Walk

Sharon Johnson at the Full Moon Memory Walk
Sharon Johnson at the Full Moon Memory Walk

Sharon and Mary raise the flag for the Full Moon Memory Walk at City Hall
Sharon and Mary raise the flag for the Full Moon Memory Walk at City Hall

Walking along Simpson Street to remember the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women
Walking along Simpson Street to remember the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

Constable John Walmark keeping a careful eye to safety to ensure the walkers are safe.
Constable John Walmark keeping a careful eye to safety to ensure the walkers are safe.

Walkers pause on Simpson Street during the 2013 Full Moon Memory Walk
Walkers pause on Simpson Street during the 2013 Full Moon Memory Walk

 

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