Norway House Walk For MMIW Extends To Vancouver

Members of Norway House First Nation are shown here on their cross-country walk in August. The group is trying to raise awareness for Canada's missing and murdered indigenous people and drum up support for a national inquiry. (Cliff Simpson/CBC)

Members of Norway House First Nation are shown here on their cross-country walk in August. The group is trying to raise awareness for Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous people and drum up support for a national inquiry. (Cliff Simpson/CBC)

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Journey has spanned more than 4,000 kilometres from Manitoba to B.C.

A peaceful protest for a national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women has spanned more than 4,000 kilometres and now will go even further.

A group of eight walkers set out on foot from Norway House in July, planning to walk to Vancouver while surviving only on donations of food and accommodation from supporters.

They arrived in Winnipeg last month, and continued on to Prince George, B.C. Now, they’re planning on extending their walk to Vancouver.

Among them, Brenda Osborne, whose daughter Claudette Osborne went missing in 2008. Claudette was 21 years old when she vanished from Selkirk Avenue and King Street in Winnipeg on July 25, 2008.

Claudette Osborne 01 for AIH

Claudette Osborne was 21 years old when she vanished from Selkirk Avenue and King Street in Winnipeg on July 25, 2008. (Supplied by family)

Project Devote is investigating the case, but the family hasn’t received any new information since 2010.

“We don’t even feel tired. We just want to keep going,” she said. “But I know we got to get back to our families.”

Osborne called the experience so far “powerful, especially when people that lost their families walked with us.”

She said the families have talked and prayed with the group.

On Tuesday, First Nations chiefs in Ontario announced they were launching a provincial inquiry into murdered and missing women.

So far, the federal government has not agreed to commit to a national inquiry.

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