Canada's most prolific advocate for the wrongfully convicted will be speaking this week in Spirit Park in Chetwynd.
David Milgaard was wrongfully convicted of the 1969 murder of nursing student Gail Miller. After spending 23 years in prison, with the help of DNA evidence his conviction was overturned in 1997 and a settlement was reached between Milgaard and the Canadian government totalling approximately $10 million.
Since then, Milgaard has become a public speaker and advocate for the wrongfully convicted and prisoner rights.
Chetwynd will host its third annual mental health walk on Oct. 3, inviting residents to come out and walk to raise awareness and break the stigma of mental illness. The last five kilometres of the 28-km walk will be in memory of the children discovered at residential schools across the country.
Organizer Charla Brazeau says creating a positive dialogue about mental health has become more important than ever, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s really about bringing the community together. Mental health has been such a big issue, especially once COVID started,” she said.
The walk will start at the Moberly Lake Fire Hall at 8 a.m. and finish at Spirit Park in Chetwynd. A drumming ceremony, BBQ, and speeches are planned at the conclusion of the walk in Spirit Park.
Milgaard has been invited to speak at the walk, along with several other guest speakers.
“We invited him out to speak, and he agreed. So he’ll be flying in to join us,” confirmed Brazeau.
Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative. Email Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org