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A downtown camp in support of a national inquiry into the deaths of missing and slain aboriginal women is pulling up stakes.
The camp will fold its tents in Memorial Park Saturday evening following a feast and ceremony.
"We’re ending this on a high note," spokeswoman Jennifer Spence said. "We have victory in our hearts."
The camp of about two dozen tents was erected in late August following Prime Minister Stephen Harper's rejection of calls for a national inquiry into the murder and disappearance of aboriginal women and his description of the murder of Manitoba's Tina Fontaine as a crime and not a "sociological phenomenon".
Spence said those in the camp believe while a national inquiry is not in the immediate future, a call by Canada’s premiers to hold a roundtable on the issue is a positive first step.
Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay's office has said Ottawa would participate in such a forum.
"The roundtable announcement is seen as a small victory for us," Spence said. "It opens the window a little."
Spence said those involved in the camp over the past two weeks will participate in a feast and ceremony starting at about 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, Southern Chief’s Organization Grand Chief Terry Nelson used the backdrop of the camp to call on U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman to hold the Canadian government accountable for its treatment of indigenous peoples.
Nelson said copies of a 2014 RCMP report of missing and slain aboriginal women will be delivered to the U.S. embassy in Ottawa and other foreign embassies.