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Assembly of First Nations meeting honours Manitoba teen who was assaulted

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Alteo speaks during a news conference, Thursday, April 10, 2014 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Chiefs from across the country are gathering in Winnipeg to elect a new national leader for the Assembly of First Nations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
December 09, 2014 - 5:44 AM

WINNIPEG - A three-day meeting of the Assembly of First Nations begins this morning with a special ceremony to honour Rinelle Harper.

The teen was viciously assaulted and left for dead near the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg last month.

She somehow survived and has been called a hero by some for escaping the fate of hundreds of other missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Grand Chief David Harper, who represents northern Manitoba First Nations who are hosting the meeting, says many chiefs wanted to meet the 16-year-old.

Harper says she will address the assembly, even though she is still healing.

The chiefs are meeting to elect a new national leader, to debate the organization's restructuring and to discuss the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

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