Sask. Cree elder making 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 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.
© The Canadian Press, 2014