September 16, 2011 15:44 ET

Walk4Justice to conclude 4500 KM journey with a march and rally on Parliament Hill

Organizers callfor a national public inquiry into epidemic of missing and murdered women

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2011) - After 91 days walking over 4500 kilometres from Vancouver to Ottawa, walkers and supporters of Walk4Justice—a non-profit organization working to raise awareness of and demand action for missing or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada—will end their journeywith a rally and press conference on Parliament Hill on Monday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m.

Walk4Justice is calling for justice, accountability, and a full national public inquiry into more than 3000 missing or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.

"The support we've received along this journey has been incredible," said Walk4Justice co-founder Gladys Radek. "We've met so many people along the way who have been very helpful and supportive. I believe people across the country understand how important it is that we get a national public inquiry."

Bridget Tolley, co-founder of Families of Sisters in Spirit—one of many organizations supporting the Walk4Justice—added her voice to the call for change. "This epidemic has gone under the radar in our country for far too long," said Tolley. "It's time for our elected officials to take real action. The families of these women deserve justice."

The final leg of the Walk4Justice journey will begin at 9 a.m., at Minwaashin Lodge, 424 Catherine St., with a march to Parliament Hill.There will also be a fundraising feast and an evening of entertainment at the Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave.,beginning at 5 p.m.

Founded in 2008 by Radek and Bernie Williams, this is the second time Walk4Justice has made the journey from Vancouver to Ottawa, with three other major walks in between.

Summary of events:

  • 9 a.m. March to Parliament Hill, departing from Minwaashin Lodge, 424 Catherine St., at 9 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. Rally on Parliament Hill, with guest speakers.
  • 10 a.m. Press Conference with Gladys Radek, Bernie Williams and other walkers, Charles-Lynch Room, 130S Centre Block, Parliament Hill.
  • 5 p.m. Fundraising feast and an evening of entertainment at the Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave., with entertainment to follow.

Contact Information

  • Craig Benjamin, Amnesty International

    Gladys Radek