Cree elder trek to press for national inquiry into missing, murdered aboriginal women

Cree elder Emil Bell.

Cree elder Emil Bell.

Emil Bell began walking on Tuesday to press for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women

The Canadian Press/CBC News,  Aug 27, 2014

A Cree elder in northern Saskatchewan has set out on a 400-kilometre walk to press for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.  Emil Bell started his Beauval-to-Saskatoon trek on Tuesday, 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.

“While Saskatchewan has the ability to call its own inquiry, our focus remains on giving police the tools they need to hunt down the cowards who commit these disgusting crimes,” Gerry Ritz, federal agriculture minister and a Saskatchewan MP, said in an email.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/emil-bell-on-trek-to-press-for-national-inquiry-into-missing-murdered-aboriginal-women-1.2748516

Posted on August 27, 2014, in Indigenous Women and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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