August 26, 2014 10:48 am

Sask. Cree elder making long trek to aid safety of aboriginal women

Northern Saskatchewan Cree leader setting out on 400 kilometre walk to press for a national inquiry into missing, murdered aboriginal women.

Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press

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 Tuesday, carrying a petition that asks the federal government to hold the inquiry.

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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.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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