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Dozens sleep outside Manitoba legislature to press for missing women inquiry

WINNIPEG — Dozens of people are camped in the shadow of Manitoba’s legislature, calling for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The group of about 40 people set up tents across the street from the legislature just over a week ago, protesting the federal government’s refusal to hold an inquiry.

Kylo Prince says the abuse of aboriginal women is a continuation of genocide in Canada and has to stop.

But he says the camp is celebrating because the Conservative government has said it is willing to hold a roundtable discussion about missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Jennifer Spence, who is there with her 17-month-old daughter, says the death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine last month was the last straw.

She says Fontaine deserved more than to be found dead in the Red River and so do other aboriginal women.

 
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