August 26, 2014 9:48 am
Updated: August 26, 2014 10:34 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.

Story continues below
Global News

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

Report an error