The B.C. government is hosting a meeting in Smithers on Tuesday about how to make the so-called Highway of Tears safer.
It’s not the first time this issue has been debated, but those attending hoping it will be one of the last.
Lorelei Williams is a co-ordinator at the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre, who is also family to a missing and a murdered aboriginal woman.
She says a solution needs to found for women who have no choice but to travel that road.
“In order for them to go to doctor’s appointments, or any other kind of appointment, they actually have to go and leave their reserve.”
About 100 people are expected to attend the meeting, including members of the First Nations communities along Highway 16, as well as local and provincial government representatives.
Eighteen women have disappeared on the infamous Highway of Tears since the 1970s.
B.C.’s missing women inquiry recommended the government fund a shuttle along the stretch of road to prevent women from having to hitchhike, but the province has said that is not necessary.