The disappearance of a family friend has inspired an Indigenous woman from Saskatchewan to embark on a 10-month walk across Canada.
In an effort to raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women, Krista Fox kicked off a 7,426 kilometres walk in Victoria on Friday. Over the next 10 months, she will make her way across Canada, finishing in St. John’s, Nfld.
“I had this crazy idea that we needed to do more, that we needed to stand up, that we needed to be heard,” says Fox.
The 54-year-old grandmother from North Battleford, Sask., isn’t going alone. She’s joined by close friend Dianne Morin, whose daughter Ashley went missing on July 10, 2018.
After her disappearance, Krista decided to take action and announced she would embark on the cross-country trek.
“I just knew I needed to do it, I didn’t know how it was going to get done, but I was going to do it,” says Fox.
The goal is to raise awareness but most importantly connect families and help them on their path to healing.
“Introducing one mother to another mother, so when she’s having a rough day in Saskatchewan she can call somebody up in Nova Scotia and she’s going to say I know how you feel,” adds Fox.
About 20 people gathered at the Mile Zero Post in Victoria Friday morning to start Krista’s journey with her, others sharing similar reasons for taking part.
“September 2020 my sister left our friend’s house, she’s actually here with me, and wasn’t heard from again,” says Lindsey Bishop, who is taking part in the walk.
Bishop’s sister’s case has now turned into a homicide investigation and the family is looking for answers.
“We just want to bring her home, we just want to know where she went and what has happened to her,” adds Bishop.
A GoFundMe has been started with a goal of raising $100,000. The funds will go towards transportation, food and accommodations.
Krista’s cross-country journey can be followed along on Facebook, she is encouraging others to join her when she passes through each city.