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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Saskatchewan Cree elder sets out on long trek to aid safety of aboriginal women

BEAUVAL, Sask. - A Cree elder in northern Saskatchewan is setting out on a 400-kilometre walk to press for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Emil Bell will start his Beauval-to-Saskatoon trek today, carrying a petition that asks the federal government to hold the inquiry.

Bell says he decided to make the walk after hearing about the death of Tina Fontaine, a 15-year-old aboriginal girl whose body was found in a bag floating in the Red River near a downtown Winnipeg dock earlier this month.

Bell went on a hunger strike last year in support of Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence and the Idle No More movement.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the provinces and aboriginal leaders support a public inquiry, something Prime Minister Stephen Harper rejects.

Harper has said most cases such as Fontaine's are addressed and solved by the police. (CJLR) -CP-

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