Young Canadian aboriginals complete protest trek

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Nearly 300 young aboriginal people made a 1,000-mile (1,600 kilometer) trek from Hudson Bay to Canada's capital of Ottawa this week to protest against living conditions on reservations.

Hundreds more supporters joined them outside Parliament Hill.

Their long walk began when David Kawapit Jr., a 17-year-old from the isolated community of Whapmagoostui in northern Quebec, decided to trudge from the edge of Hudson Bay to Ottawa in support of better conditions for aboriginal people. He completed it Monday.

Canada has seen a number of aboriginal protests in recent months. The Idle No More movement began last year in protest of a federal budget bill that opponents say would alter the approval process for leasing aboriginal lands to outsiders and weaken environmental oversight in favor of natural resource extraction.

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