Tears to Hope Society and The Kermode Friendship Society Collaborate to Create Change

Hillary Johnson

Terrace City Council has agreed to write letters of support for the "Tears to Hope" missing and murdered indigenous women and girl's project. The Kermode Friendship Society and the Tears to Hope Society have partnered to host the inaugural 2019 "Tears to Hope" relay run. Representative, Birgitte Bartlett, said the events purpose is to raise awareness and support for families that have had loved ones taken from them.

“The relay run, which will take place simultaneously from Smithers to Terrace, Rupert to Terrace. It's not a race, it will be one runner at a time handing a scroll with a message of hope to the next runner like they did in the old days when they courier, in fact courier means runner and we will bring a message of hope back into Terrace. A day to celebrate indigenous day's in the park and we want to read this message of hope.”

The run will be held on June 21st and will continue into the night. After the run ends, participants will then be invited to Kitsumkalum for workshops and to attend a key note speaker and community feast.

The Kermode Friendship Society is also planning a second project that will be a regional collaboration that includes another "Tears to Hope" relay run, a commemorative sunken garden and a project to develop and distribute a missing and murdered indigenous woman and girl's protocol, training program and manual. The letters of support are intended to strengthen their applications for funding and to make these projects a reality

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