Torngat Mountains MHA Randy Edmunds will be one of several across the province who gather today to pay their respects to the family of Burton Winters.
It was on this day in 2012, that the 14-year old’s body was found on the ice floes outside his home of Makkovik, Labrador, after he had been missing for three days. Burton had walked 19 kilometres in an attempt to make it back to shore after his snowmobile became stuck in heavy ice.
“It has been a difficult year for the family and the people of Makkovik,” said Edmunds in a press release issued this morning. “This tragedy has had such a tremendous effect on so many people; everyone came together in the face of the tragedy and we will continue to gather together for years to come to honour Burton.”
Edmunds will at the public vigil tonight in Makkovik at 6 p.m. at the Community Church.
Vigils will also be held in at Husky Park in Happy Valley-Goose Bay at 6 p.m., at the Town Hall in Port Hope Simpson at 7 pm, and in St. John’s at 6 p.m. at the Native Friendship Centre. Vigils and memorials are also expected to be held in Hopedale, Postville, and other communities throughout the province.