119: MMIW – No Justice – The Murder of Tina Fontaine (MB)

Tina Michelle Fontaine was an Indigenous girl who had  a tough go right from the beginning. As she had run away before when 15-year-old Tina disappeared on August 9, 2014 the authorities did not treat it with much urgency at all. Tina’s family was worried sick and wanted more activity. It was not until it was too late that  the investigation began in earnest. Tina’s body was found wrapped in a duvet and floating in Winnipeg‘s Red River more than a week later.

Her death and the subsequent acquittal of the only suspect in Tina’s slaying are cited by some as catalysts for the national inquiry that was called to look into the massive amount of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada.

Sources and more information:
R. v. Cormier, 2010 ABCA 162 (CanLII), <http://canlii.ca/t/29qjl>
[Red River Girl: The Life and Death of Tina Fontaine by Joanna Jolly]
[Public Reports – Manitoba Advocate]
Place Where it Feels Like Home: The Story of Tina Fontaine – PDF
[Global News SEARCH: Tina Fontaine]
[Newspapers.com search: Tina Fontaine]
[CBC news topic tag Raymond Cormier trial]
[21 Feb 2018, N3 – The Gazette at Newspapers.com]
[27 Aug 2014, 10 – National Post at Newspapers.com]
[26 Sep 2014, 7 – National Post at Newspapers.com]
[BBC World Service – Assignment, Canada’s Red River Murders]
[Tina Fontaine’s 911 call | CBC.ca]
[Tina Fontaine | Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women – CBC.ca]
[Cormier speaks of last time he saw Fontaine in video shown to court – YouTube]
[Tina Fontaine: The life and the legacy | APTN InFocus – YouTube]
[Raymond Cormier found not guilty in death of Tina Fontaine  | Globalnews.ca]
[Bear Clan Patrol Inc – Home | Facebook]
[Drag The Red! Public Group | Facebook]
[Red River Women – BBC News]
[Pair sentenced to 9 years in beating death of Tina Fontaine’s dad | CBC News]
[Raymond Cormier spoke of wanting to have sex with Tina Fontaine days before her death, Crown tells court | CBC News]
[Tina Fontaine, 15, found in bag in Red River | CBC News]
[MMIW Final report]

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