Turtle Island Native Network

In Support of Willie Abrahams and his
"Honour Our Tears" 1998 Bicycle Tour

Willie AbrahamsOn July 6th, 1998 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, 58 year old Willie Abrahams, an elder of the Haida Nation began a 1500 kilometre journey of hope and healing. He cycled along highways 16 and 95 on his way to Vancouver and Nanaimo, stopping in communities along the way to share his story of the abuse he and others suffered in residential schools, to raise awareness of issues and to raise funds for the survivors.

Abrahams was taken away from his parents who were forced by law to send him to St. Michael's residential school in Alert Bay on Vancouver Island from 1950-1957. There, he was sexually abused by a staff member, an experience that has plagued him and his family ever since. Now he feels he is well enough to try to help others.

Over the past twenty years bicycling has played an important role in his healing, and so has telling his story. He hopes as he peddles his way through the various communities and shares his story, hearts will be touched and people will be generous enough to make a donation.

You can donate to the "Honour Our Tears" account at any branch of the Bank of Montreal.

July 6th Prince Rupert

July 7th Terrace July 8th Kitwanga
July 9th Hazelton July 10th Smithers July 13th Houston
July 14th Burns Lake July 15th Fort Fraser July 16th Vanderhoof
July 17th Prince George July 20th Hixon July 21st Quesnel
July 22nd Marguerite July 23rd Williams Lake July 24th 100 Mile House
July 27th Clinton July 28th Cache Creek July 29th Spencers Bridge
July 30th Lytton July 31st Yale Aug.1st Hope
Aug. 3rd Seabird/Agassiz Aug. 4th Mission Aug. 5th Vancouver
Aug. 16th Nanaimo   


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