Mi’kmaq woman organizing walk for missing persons Sept. 5 in Shelburne, N.S.

Jeanette Nickerson, right, is organizing a walk for missing persons. Her friend, Steve Knapton, left, disappeared in 2013./Photos contributed
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A Mi’kmaq women with the Acadia First Nation in Nova Scotia is organizing a walk to raise awareness for all missing persons, including Aboriginal women, in Canada. The walk is scheduled to take place September 5 in Shelburne, N.S. at 1 p.m.

“It’s just a community walk in reference to all missing persons,” Jeanette Nickerson, 41, explained Monday.

“I will be doing a personal walk for Aboriginal women and for my friend, Steve,” she added.

Steve Knapton, Nickerson explains, was a childhood friend of hers who went missing in British Columbia in October 2013.

“He just got up to go meet his son at the mall and he never showed up,” Nickerson says about her friend. “He never showed up to meet his son. He hasn’t contacted his children.”

“He just fell of the face of the earth,” she adds.

Nickerson says she hopes people from the surrounding communities, including those from the Acadia First Nation, will travel to Shelburne to take part in the walk on Saturday.

“I’m hoping to get awareness out there that yes, these people are still missing.”

The walk will start at Guild Hall in Shelburne where the walkers will head towards the local Tim Hortons coffee shop and back to the Shelburne waterfront.

For more information, contact Jeanette Nickerson at 902-875-6162.


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Maureen Googoo is an award-winning journalist from Indian Brook First Nation (Sipekne'katik) in Nova Scotia. She has worked in news for 30 years for media outlets such as CBC Radio, the Chronicle-Herald and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Maureen has an arts degree in political science from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, a journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto and a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.