Community says goodbye to Tina Fontaine

Kristin Annable, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:58 PM ET

On the eve of Tina Fontaine's funeral, the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador condemned the Harper government's dismissal of a national public inquiry into missing and murdered First Nation women and girls.

The 15-year-old's body, which was wrapped in a bag, was pulled from the Red River last Sunday afternoon.

"A recent murder in Manitoba was another opportunity for the Harper government to finally accept to face the truth and open its eyes and finally accept a public inquiry. But for the Harper Government this was only another sad opportunity to persist on trying to hide the truth. Prime Minister Harper once again said no," the AFNQL said in a statement.

"By this stubbornness the Harper Government is sending a very alarming message to our women and girls: that they are in danger four times more that non aboriginal Canadian women and girls, and that the Harper government won't pay attention."

Speaking at Yukon College in Whitehorse on Thursday,


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