The head of the Assembly of First Nations has called the assault of a six-year-old aboriginal girl near Edmonton shocking and sad.
"Our thoughts are first and foremost with this young girl and her family, and we are hoping that she can begin her healing journey toward a full recovery," National Chief Perry Bellegarde said in a release.
"An arrest has been made, and the RCMP have stated that local citizens were very helpful in this case. We commend those efforts. We all have a role to play in protecting our children and ending violence against First Nations women and girls."
The six-year-old girl from Paul First Nation was attacked last weekend. She remains in hospital with serious injuries.
James Clifford Paul, who is 21, was arrested on a nearby reserve and faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping.