Gladys Radek is originally from northern BC. She is a Small Frog or Lax il'u following her mother's materlinial line under the Wet su wit 'en clan system. She is a mother of five, 1 son and 4 daughters and has 5 grandchildren, 2 boys and 3 girls. Radek has been residing in Vancouver, British Columbia for 15 years.
She has been a Human Rights activist for the past 12 years, since graduating, with a 3.8 Average, from the Native Education Center in Vancouver, BC, where she discovered her roots. Her interests are music, aboriginal art, photography, writing and seeking justice.
In 2000, Gladys launched a historical Human Rights case proving "systemic racism" for the first time ever in Canada. This cases final decision was July 13, 2005. Tragically, 3 months, after this historical event Tamara Lynn Chipman, Gladys's niece, vanished from the Highway of Tears. Although Gladys did not hear about her nieces disappearance until December 2005.
The following year, March 2006, Gladys got word of a walk from Prince Rupert to The Highway of Tears Symposium being held in Prince George. After attending both the walk and the symposium; she started raising awarness further into local, provical, national, and international levels of society. She has also brought the message to all levels of government and to all levels of First Nations Leadership; to the World Peace Forum, and the United Nations Declaration.
It is her vision to seek justice, closure, equality and accountability for the families of the missing and murdered women. She believes that together we can stop this violence against our women to provide a positive path for the children, so they can be healthier, stronger leaders in the future. Gladys would like to see them live in harmony with Mother Earth; and to live with dignity and respect throughout their lives.
i was once a man with sadness from sight
with the desire to find true love with all my might
i have lived and died in lives gone by
to fulfill my dream with every try
to find happiness within arms I reach
I couldnt find what had been infront of me
this entire time i was blind as a bat
living its pain I was walking through acids rain
failed to realize that this is the life
A life which i wished from past strife
the woman I asked for to complete me
was infact long ago set free
she sits by myside, living the dream
i once held with an angels gleam
now the dream i have to this day
is to hold my heart with no dismay
never to let her go, never to say goodbye,
only sweetdreams, & good-morning
which comes from my soul
with my heart beating full
forever bein greatful
i shall wish for this day
to continue with love and the sight of sun rays