Assembly of First Nations National Chief calls for the public's assistance in solving the homicide of Kelly Morrisseau



    OTTAWA, June 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, National Chief Phil Fontaine, in a
joint media conference with Crimestoppers, the Gatineau Police Department, and
members of the family of Kelly Morrisseau, made a public plea that anyone with
information regarding the stabbing death of Ms Morrisseau contact police or
Crimestoppers.
    "The lack of a resolution to this crime is not just a women's issue. This
is everyone's issue. Everyone has mothers and daughters, nieces and aunts. And
Kelly Morrisseau was all of these," National Chief Phil Fontaine told the
gathering in Ottawa.
    "Kelly was also seven months pregnant at the time, so this is double the
loss for her family to bear, and her community."
    Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $2000 for tips resulting in
an arrest and the Assembly of First Nations is matching that $2000, for a
total of $4000, the National Chief said.
    He also called on corporations, small business and other organizations to
donate to the fund.
    Claude Parent, of Crimestoppers, said to date the civil organization has
received very few tips regarding the case, but that they can now be made
anonymously online. Captain Roger Cloutier, of the Gatineau Police Department
said police are taking the case very seriously and that any information
regarding Ms Morrisseau's murder - whether it be first-hand or not - is
welcome.

    Crimestoppers can be reached at 1-800-222-TIPS (or 8477)
    For Gatineau Police call 819-243-2345

    The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Rene Pollett, Communications
Specialist, (613) 241-6789 ext. 314, cell (613) 294-5214, rpollett@afn.ca;
Bryan Hendry, A/Director of Communications, (613) 241-6789 ext. 229, cell
(613) 293-6106, bhendry@afn.ca; Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor - Office of
the National Chief, (613) 241-6789 ext 243, (613) 298-6382, npine@afn.ca


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