Video: Justice For Tina Fontaine March
By Black Powder | Red Power Media, Updated: Aug 23, 2015
A one year anniversary rally and march was held in Winnipeg to demand justice for 15 yr old, Tina Fontaine.
On Friday, Tina Fontaine’s cousins and their stepmother, gathered with local indigenous activists and community members at City Hall for a rally, before they marched in the streets to demand justice for Tina.
On Aug 21, 2014, five days after the teen’s body was pulled from the Red River, calls for an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, were renewed when a protest camp was set up across from the legislative building in Winnipeg.
A handful of indigenous women set up the camp, — calling on the Harper government for an inquiry— that lasted 3 weeks and by the end some 50 tents had went up. The protest camp gained national attention.
The womens protest camp for a national inquiry in Winnipeg. (Sept. 2014) File Photo: Red Power Media
One year to the day, the protest continued as some of the same indigenous women and local activists who took part in setting up the camp, also organized a rally and march for Tina and her family.
Cousins of Tina’s including, Katie Fontaine and her sisters Rose and Angel, took part in an emotional rally, where tears streamed down their faces.
Tina Fontaine’s cousins and their stepmother Sarah Courchaine at an emotional City Hall rally. Screenshot: Red Power Media
A group of about 40 activists and community members walked with the cousins from City Hall along Main Street to Portage Avenue then to the Public Safety Building (PBS) where the Winnipeg Police Service is located, to mark the one year anniversary.
Jennifer Spence-Clarke, left and Sandy Banman, right, are two of the women organizers from last years protest camp who took part in the rally and march for Tina Fontaine.
Many held signs calling for Justice for Tina.
The goal was to once again encourage the federal government to launch an inquiry and pressure local police to provide more information to the Fontaine family about Tina’s unsolved murder.
Katie said the family still isn’t getting any answers from police and no one has been arrested.
Video: No Justice, No Peace for Tina at PSB building
After indigenous activists, along with Tina’s cousins had blocked the doorway of the PBS building, —where chants of No Justice, No Peace yelled out— Red Power Media asked a police officer for an update on Tina Fontaine’s case.
Video: Red Power Media asks the Police for an update on Tina’s ongoing investigation.
Police say investigators will make themselves available to meet with the Fontaine family.
Thelma Favel, Tina’s great aunt who cared for her before she was placed in care of child and family services, has said she wants more information to give her closure and allow her to grieve Tina’s death.
Katie told Red Power Media, that her family now wants to meet with investigators working on Tina’s case, to get answers, to the questions they have.
She also said “It makes me feel good people are still out there, trying to help us get the answers.”