Hundreds from Garden River gather today at the bypass by Highway 17B, not for racial reasons, but simply to plead for safety.
“I wish people would start using the new highway. I have six siblings and I worry about them,” said Sydney Nolan. “In total I’ve lost seven family members… taken away from this highway.”
What she is referring to is Highway 17B through Garden River, which people use instead of the new bypass, and travel at higher than legal speeds to save just a couple minutes off their commute.
Andy Rickard, a band councillor for Garden River sees it too, too much.
He noted the amount of crosses that were erected along the highway in Garden River to note a traffic fatality.
“With the spring and summer coming along we want to enjoy our community,” which they currently cannot due to abusers of the highway through Garden River.
“There’s no reason why people should come through our community when people before me built the bypass for safety of our community.”
The not-guilty verdict of Terry Mosher last week sparked this protest.
Mosher (76) was acquitted of charges relating to the death of Jessie Roach, which is still not clear how he died, even though tissue of the deceased was found under the undercarriage of Mosher’s vehicle.
“It seems like it’s a two-tier justice system for our people,” said Rickard.
“Our people have been affected greatly by this [death].”
Protesters braved the cold and will be working in shifts until 7 p.m.
Pamphlets talking about the protest are being handed out to drivers.