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Rallies honour missing, murdered aboriginal women and girls

10/04/2013 12:30 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
Canadians will rally in over 200 locations on Friday to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls as they have annually for the past eight years on Oct. 4.

Politicians and aboriginal leaders will participate in the Sisters In Spirit Vigil, an event organized by the Native Women’s Association of Canada, on Parliament Hill Friday.

CBCNews.ca will carry the event live.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will speak at the rally at 1:15 p.m. ET. He will be accompanied by NDP aboriginal affairs critic Jean Crowder and NDP status of women critic Niki Ashton.

Liberal aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett and Liberal Senator Lillian Dyck, who is a member of the Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan, will also attend the rally. Green Party member Lorraine Rekmans has also confirmed her attendance.

National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations Shawn Atleo will also be there.

The NWAC has said it has documented over 600 cases where aboriginal women have been murdered or gone missing between 2005 and 2010 — a number the RCMP has told CBC News it can't confirm.

The association has been calling on the federal government to launch a national public inquiry into the case of missing or murdered aboriginal women.

Canada's premiers agreed to support aboriginal leaders in their call for a national public inquiry this summer during a two-day summit of the Council of the Federation in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

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