Shawls of Safety

Event Details

Shawls of Safety

Time: November 15, 2014 from 5pm to 11pm
Location: Rama Community Centre
Street: Rama Community Centre
City/Town: Orillia, Ontario
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Phone: For more information, call 705-826-2727
Event Type: fundraiser
Organized By: Tears4 Justice
Latest Activity: Nov 15, 2014

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Event Description

Orillia-area woman a voice for the missing, murdered

Proceeds from the Nov. 15 ‘Shawls of Safety’ fund-raising event will go to support two area shelters, as well as a homeless woman who was attacked and left for dead in Saskatchewan in June. Pictured is event organizer Gladys Radek.

Orillia Today, By Frank Matys

Gladys Radek’s left leg was amputated in 1977 following a hit-and-run accident four years earlier.

In 2008, joined by a team of supporters, the First Nations woman would walk from Vancouver to Ottawa in the first of several extended journeys on foot, her absent limb replaced by a prosthetic.

The 4,000-kilometre trek would bring awareness to the missing and murdered Native women who have disappeared along the so-called “Highway of Tears” in northern British Columbia.

Her niece, Tamara Chipman was among them.

“She disappeared on Sept. 21, 2005,” says Radek, now a resident of the Orillia area. “She has been missing a little over nine years now. She was a young mother of one little boy.”

A database of missing or murdered Aboriginal women puts the toll at more than 1,100.

Radek, who began compiling her own database in co-operation with victims’ families, believes the figure is considerably higher.

“I stopped at 4,232 names overall,” she says. “There have been hundreds more since I quit in 2011 doing a database.”


Radek continues the fight to bring to light the plight of victimized women, Native and non-native alike.

A Nov. 15 event at the Rama Community Centre seeks to give voice to missing and murdered Indigenous women and Tears4 Justice, a grassroots organization she founded to further the cause.

Proceeds from the ‘Shawls of Safety’ gala dinner and silent auction will go to support Marlene Bird, a 47-year-old homeless woman who was “raped and beaten and set on fire and left for dead in Prince Albert, Sask.” in June.

“She ended up becoming a double amputee above the knee and blind in one eye,” Radek says.

Proceeds will also support Green Haven Shelter For Women in Orillia and the Biminaawzogin Regional Aboriginal Women’s Circle.

“These women are facing violence in their lives which is why they have to be in the shelters, and some of them have children,” Radek adds.

Actress Tantoo Cardinal, of ‘Dances With Wolves’ fame, will serve as master of ceremonies at the weekend event.

Performers include Robbie Antone, Manitou Mkwa Singers and Brock Stonefish.

Tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door.

For more information, call 705-826-2727.

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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