Unifor members raise funds for healing centre in Tears for Hope relay race

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Lana Payne walking outside with a placard that reads ‘She is somebody.'

Unifor locals and members – from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia – put their best foot forward during the Tears for Hope relay race on June 17.

The Tears to Hope Society provides support to the families and loved ones of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse people (MMIWG2S). The charity relay event raised funds to help support a healing centre in northern British Columbia.

“Unifor is honoured to participate in such an important event in honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne, who did the walk in Port Elgin, Ont.

“Thank you to all our members and locals who joined us. It’s important for our union to show our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation through the actions of our members and leaders.”

Tears to Hope started out as a team in Vancouver’s Sun Run in honour of co-founder, Lorna Brown's niece, Tamara Chipman, who went missing on the Highway of Tears in 2005.

“Our members wanted meaningful action to demonstrate our commitment to truth and reconciliation,” said Unifor National Representative for Indigenous Relations Gina Smoke. 

“We partnered with the Tears to Hope Society, an Indigenous-led organization that supports, and advocates for change, for the families of MMIWG2S peoples. Our goals were to increase awareness, educate our membership and the public and, raise funds to support their important work of the Society.”

To see photos of the 2023 Tears to Hope race, go to: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=UniforCanada&set=a.591493053068418