Villeneuve: time for women to reclaim traditional leadership roles and status in FN communities.
Next is the National Elders Council, with a speech by Elder Phyllis Googoo.
Peter Dinsdale, the AFN's CEO, presents the Heroes of Our Time RBC Scholarship - Elijah Harper Award.
There will be a "special honoring and recognition" for Rinelle Harper and her family.
The 16-year-old girl was discovered last month, beaten and unconscious, along the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg. She has since been released from hospital.
Two men have been charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault, and sexual assault with a weapon.
Harper is a member of the Garden Hill First Nation in northern Manitoba but studying in Winnipeg. She is relative of Grand Chief David Harper of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and former Manitoba MLA Elijah Harper.
Rinelle Harper presented with eagle feather for "continued strength and courage."
Rinelle Harper speaking now.
Rinelle Harper asks people to practice love, kindness, respect, and forgiveness, and repeats the call for a MMIW inquiry in her short speech.
Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will now speak.
Sinclair: commission has collected 6,712 formal statements so far.
Nine thousand survivors registered to attend national and regional events, according to Sinclair.