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Connie Adams no longer reaches for the phone eagerly on Mother’s Day. That’s because a year ago, it rang with the news that her daughter, Tanya Brooks, a member of the Millbrook First Nation, had been murdered.

Worse yet, Brooks’ killer has not been caught.

The shock of the event put Adams in a place even beyond sorrow, Lezlie Lowe of the Chronicle Herald in Halifax, Novia Scotia, writes here:

Tanya Brooks (Nova Scotia government photo)

Tanya Brooks (Nova Scotia government photo)

    “I am angrier,” says the Millbrook resident. “I don’t cry for her. I don’t cry for her because I am so full of anger.”

    So Adams is looking beyond Mother’s Day this year. She and others are organizing the first Tanya Brooks Memorial Walk, set for Tuesday.

    Adams hopes the walk will accomplish more than memorializing the oldest of her four children.

    “Maybe something will shake in somebody’s head,” Adams says. “Maybe somebody will remember something and say, ‘Oh, that mother is not giving up.’ “

The walk, which will begin at the Millbrook Powwow Grounds, is about more than Brooks’ unsolved murder, Adams says.

“It’s also against violence against native and indigenous women, ones that have been murdered or abused and the ones that have gotten away.”

As Lowe reports, in n Canada, Aboriginal women between 25 and 44 are five times more likely than non-Aboriginal women to die as a result of violence. There is increasing attention paid to the problem in Canada, with marches held around the country. (See video above)

“It could happen to any of us,” Adams says. “I look at it that way.”

It could. But it shouldn’t.

Gwen Florio

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