The same week National Chief Perry Bellegarde was elected to lead the Assembly of First Nations, 12 Aboriginal high school girls gathered for a photojournalism workshop across town that would draw out their powerful stories. They talked about cousins who’ve gone missing, friends who’ve been murdered, the way fear permeates their daily life walking the streets of Winnipeg. In the weeks before federal, provincial and indigenous leaders meet with family members in Ottawa at the long-anticipated National Roundtable to tackle the issue of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls, their stories have emerged. And National Chief Bellegarde is listening. He spoke with the National Post’s Sarah Boesveld.