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'Am I Next?' Campaign Aims To Push Harper On Missing, Murdered Aboriginal Women

Online activists pushing for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women have a simple question for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

"Am I next?"

They're spreading their message by posting photos of themselves on social media with signs that ask that very question, according to Press Progress.

The campaign was launched by Holly Jarrett, an Inuit woman based in Hamilton, Ont.

Jarrett is a cousin of Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old Inuk woman who went missing on Feb. 13. Her body was found almost two weeks later on a highway median in New Brunswick.

"She had come through a lot of the same kind of struggles that a lot women affected by colonialism and residential school stuff," Jarrett told PressProgress.

"We wanted to move it forward for her. She was really passionate about telling her story, to stand up and tell the brutal truth."

Saunders' friend Julianna Piwas told CBC News that she is encouraged to see the campaign generating so much attention.

"I just hope every single aboriginal woman does the challenge in honour of Loretta Saunders," she said.

Harper has said that the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women should be tackled through police investigations, not a public inquiry.

"We should not view this as sociological phenomenon. We should view it as crime. It is crime against innocent people, and it needs to be addressed as such," he said.

Check out more photos from the campaign below:


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