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Assembly of First Nations demands action to ensure safety for Indigenous women

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The Assembly of First Nations today demanded immediate action to better ensure the safety and security of Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

In a press release, National Chief Ghislain Picard offered condolences to the family, friends and community of homicide victim Tina Fontaine, whose body was pulled from the Red River this week.

"It is with the utmost respect and sympathy that I offer condolences to the family of Tina Fontaine on behalf of the entire AFN national executive committee," said Picard. "We cannot allow violence to continue, particularly against some of the most vulnerable," he said. Tina Fontaine was just 15 years old.

"First Nations demand immediate and concrete steps to better ensure the safety and security of Indigenous women and girls in this country. In addition to a National Commission of Inquiry into the unresolved cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women, this means equitable support for the care of our children, shelters, wellness and prevention initiatives."

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