Community members gathered to march in memory of a Nanaimo woman who has been missing 18 years, and to ask for answers that have never come in that time.
Several dozen people met Sunday at the Nanaimo RCMP detachment and marched to the waterfront to draw attention to the case of Lisa Marie Young, who went missing June 30, 2002.
The 21-year-old indigenous woman had been at a house party the night she went missing, then left with an acquaintance her friends didn’t know and was never seen again.
Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog has proclaimed Tuesday, June 30, as Lights on for Lisa. The Bastion will be lit in Young’s favourite colour, lime green, and citizens are encouraged to leave their patio lights on that night.
“She was born and raised in this community and the fight for justice in her name continues,” the proclamation reads.
Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson, who joined in Sunday’s march, spoke about Young’s case in the legislature last week.
“We know more now as a country, as a province, about the tragic epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women and we hear so often in these disappearances: somebody knows something,” Malcolmson said.
The case has received renewed attention of late as the subject of a true crime podcast.