From the reserve to the public eye – Piikani mother walks to Calgary in memory of her two daughters

 

Stephanie English steps onto Hwy Two near her home community of Piikani First Nation in southern Alberta.

Despite a heavy snowfall causing low visibility, she begins to walk.

She will be walking for roughly 40 hours, 200 kilometers north to Calgary.

It’s something she had planned to do with her two daughters, Alison Moses and Joey English.

But she walks alone.

“My girls and I have been through hard times in this kind of weather,” English said as she made her way down the highway, “Just kind of going back on the memories and what we were supposed to do together. But we’re still doing it together.”

She lost Alison to suicide in 2015. A year later, Joey’s body was found dismembered and scattered across Calgary.

According to the Medical Examiner, she died of an overdose before her body was dismembered.

Joshua Weise was sentenced to 18 months behind bars plus three years’ probation for offering an indignity to human remains.

“I walk because my daughter is still buried in a landfill. I walk because I grieve really hard.

“This is something we wanted to do for some time now.”

English says starting the walk in Piikani brings Indigenous issues off reserve and into the public.

“I just hope for change.

“If we can only one day work together and become a stronger nation, I really believe that a lot of good change will come in.”

English will keep walking non-stop until she reaches Calgary on Thursday where she will unite with the annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil, which is held across Canada to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women.

 

Video Journalist / Calgary

Tamara is Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received a diploma in interactive media arts at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon and has worked as a videographer for CBC in Winnipeg and Iqaluit. Tamara was hired by APTN in 2016 as a camera/editor and is now a video journalist in our Calgary bureau.

56 thoughts on “From the reserve to the public eye – Piikani mother walks to Calgary in memory of her two daughters

  1. Be strong and proud that you are first nation our sister. Walk with your daughters they are with you as you take your steps we pray to give you strength. My sincerest condolences. To you and your family.

  2. Be strong and proud that you are first nation our sister. Walk with your daughters they are with you as you take your steps we pray to give you strength. My sincerest condolences. To you and your family.

  3. Aho!!! Achecanna paoah… Praise and peace be to your people and to the daughters of the most high.
    Good idea walking with “pace car”. After recently reading about the disappearance of primarily, female victims, it is wise for an attendant to accompany you in your journey for the cause you are supporting. May G_d bless every step you take, and may the elders accompany your spirit with guidance, and open your eyes to every question why. May you be reunited with your daughters in spirit until all of our families meet again.

  4. Aho!!! Achecanna paoah… Praise and peace be to your people and to the daughters of the most high.
    Good idea walking with “pace car”. After recently reading about the disappearance of primarily, female victims, it is wise for an attendant to accompany you in your journey for the cause you are supporting. May G_d bless every step you take, and may the elders accompany your spirit with guidance, and open your eyes to every question why. May you be reunited with your daughters in spirit until all of our families meet again.

  5. I send you much love & support. You are so brave and strong, Your girls are with you this I know..❤️ May all of us moms who have lost our babies find peace…

  6. I send you much love & support. You are so brave and strong, Your girls are with you this I know..❤️ May all of us moms who have lost our babies find peace…

  7. Prayers for you and for you’re little angels in heaven. God bless you and may god keep you safe in his arms on your journey.

  8. Prayers for you and for you’re little angels in heaven. God bless you and may god keep you safe in his arms on your journey.

  9. Praying for your peace. May your daughters RIp and their memory live on. I am so sorry for your losses and pray ince day that yours and their dream does come true I wish more would join in with you on your walk. <3

  10. White Elk
    Your Résilience thru all the pain and sorrow is an encouragement to everyone who has gone thru the injustice. Prayers for healing and strength!

  11. I send my most sincere condolences Stephanie I send strength and prayers to you on this walk you are taking and to Joey R.I.P I don’t know if you remember who I am but I once knew Joey. She had a beautiful soul. Much LI’ve To You My Dear and Stay Safe and Solid ❤

  12. I walk with you in spirit.
    My heart aches for you and your losses.
    ((hugs))
    And a hug for commenter Mila, I hope your prayers for a miracle are answered.

    Sending strength.

  13. Praying for your peace. May your daughters RIp and their memory live on. I am so sorry for your losses and pray ince day that yours and their dream does come true I wish more would join in with you on your walk. <3

  14. White Elk
    Your Résilience thru all the pain and sorrow is an encouragement to everyone who has gone thru the injustice. Prayers for healing and strength!

  15. I send my most sincere condolences Stephanie I send strength and prayers to you on this walk you are taking and to Joey R.I.P I don’t know if you remember who I am but I once knew Joey. She had a beautiful soul. Much LI’ve To You My Dear and Stay Safe and Solid ❤

  16. I walk with you in spirit.
    My heart aches for you and your losses.
    ((hugs))
    And a hug for commenter Mila, I hope your prayers for a miracle are answered.

    Sending strength.

  17. Stephanie English I am so sorry of the deaths of your two Angel’s.l too have lost three children to drugs and violent lifestyle they are all still alive…its worse because it’s odd living like this because l dont know when l will get “phonecall” but l live day to day and l pray for miracles every hour. But your story gave me hope no matter our own tragedy and pain your walk will speak for all of the mothers that have struggling addicts .

    Bless and keep you always Stephanie as you make your walk. May you remember the good memories of you two daughters.

  18. Walk my dear with your heart on your sleeve, your eyes on the heavens and your voice with power. May you know other walk with you in their prayers.

  19. Stephanie English I am so sorry of the deaths of your two Angel’s.l too have lost three children to drugs and violent lifestyle they are all still alive…its worse because it’s odd living like this because l dont know when l will get “phonecall” but l live day to day and l pray for miracles every hour. But your story gave me hope no matter our own tragedy and pain your walk will speak for all of the mothers that have struggling addicts .

    Bless and keep you always Stephanie as you make your walk. May you remember the good memories of you two daughters.

  20. 18 months is not an appropriate sentence for such a heinous crime
    The courtrooms of the Canadian justice system keep filling up with the blood and tears of indigenous ppl

  21. Wow what an incredible woman. I’m so sorry for what she has been through. Will you keep us updated on her route please? Stay safe.

  22. Prayers for You and your beautiful daughters. My heart goes out to you.
    Peace n love as you walk with love n courage.

  23. Walk my dear with your heart on your sleeve, your eyes on the heavens and your voice with power. May you know other walk with you in their prayers.

  24. So heart wrenching sending love and strength with you on your journey! Thank you for showing your strength during this time by asking for people to work together❣️

  25. Walk tall and proud your a strong role model to all First Nations women lululu from Siksika!!!!

  26. 18 months is not an appropriate sentence for such a heinous crime
    The courtrooms of the Canadian justice system keep filling up with the blood and tears of indigenous ppl

  27. Wow what an incredible woman. I’m so sorry for what she has been through. Will you keep us updated on her route please? Stay safe.

  28. Prayers for You and your beautiful daughters. My heart goes out to you.
    Peace n love as you walk with love n courage.

  29. So heart wrenching sending love and strength with you on your journey! Thank you for showing your strength during this time by asking for people to work together❣️

  30. Walk tall and proud your a strong role model to all First Nations women lululu from Siksika!!!!

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