Rinelle Harper speaks up for missing & murdered indigenous women
About three months ago no one knew her name. And then on a cold night in early November, she was brutally attacked and left for dead on the banks of the Assiniboine. Today, Rinelle Harper is back in school, a quiet teenager whose very survival is a rallying point for those seeking answers around so many missing and murdered Indigenous women.
It happened last November... a brutal crime that sent chills across the country, and demanded that the country talk once again about a painful issue -- violence against aboriginal women.
In the weeks and months since that flurry of attention, Rinelle Harper has stayed mostly in the shadows, recovering with her family. She's said very little in public, appearing just once before an audience to voice her support for a national public inquiry into violence against aboriginal women.
But, together with her mother, Julie Harper, she has agreed to speak with us today. Rinelle and Julie Harper was in our Winnipeg studio.
This segment was produced by The Current's Sujata Berry.