Families of the victims of B.C.’s Highway of Tears are reacting to news the government deleted emails requested by the public about those unsolved murders.
The privacy watchdog says staffers in the Ministry of Transportation “wilfully deleted” emails that were part of a Freedom of Information request.
Tribal Chief Terry Teegee with the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council says the revelations are disturbing.
Tegee lost his cousin, Ramona Wilson, more than 20 years ago along Highway 16.
“I’m not sure what these emails had stated, but definitely it has shaken our confidence in how they are treating the whole Highway of Tears initiative.”
He says the provincial government has been slow to act on recommendations from B.C.’s missing and murdered women inquiry, which include a shuttle bus service along the highways.
Gladys Radek’s niece, Tamara Chipman, went missing while hitchhiking near Prince Rupert back in 2005.
“She was somebody’s daughter, somebody’s sister, somebody’s loved one. She was a mother to a little boy who has now been raised without her.”
Radek says she is appalled, but not surprised at what the government has done: “It’s racism, blatant racism.”