Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mysterious Death of 15-year-old Aboriginal Girl in Winnipeg. RIP Tina Fontaine

Calls for a national inquiry into Canada’s murdered and missing aboriginal women are growing louder in the wake of the death of a 15-year-old Manitoba girl.

Winnipeg police identified the body pulled from the Red River as 15-year-old Tina Fontaine.

A vigil took place Tuesday evening to honour Tina Fontaine, whose body was found Sunday wrapped in a bag and dumped in the Red River.

Mourners marched from the docks where her body was found to a monument that honours missing and murdered aboriginal women that was erected in Winnipeg earlier this month.
Fontaine had been living in Winnipeg for less than a month before she ran away from foster care. She was last seen in downtown Winnipeg on Aug. 8 and she reported missing the following day.

Investigators are treating her death as a homicide and are asking anyone with information about her final days to come forward to police.

Fontaine’s grandmother Thelma Fontaine said the family will never be complete without her granddaughter.

“She was part of the puzzle,” Thelma Fontaine told CTV Winnipeg. “Now we have a piece of the puzzle missing.”

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said Tuesday he met with members of the Winnipeg Police Service to “better understand the recent tragedies on Winnipeg.”

He said on Facebook that he plans to meet with police again on Sept. 4 to build “stronger lines of communication.”

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