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Protesters say justice camp in Regina will stay up following meeting with provincial ministers

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A view of some of the teepees standing by the legislature at the Justice for our Stolen Children camp on July 1. (SRC)

Campers say government was given a number of paradigm shifting conditions

Indigenous youth set up protest camp outside Toronto’s Old City Hall

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From left, Dean Mcleod, Koryn John, Ezra Green and Gary Wassaykeesic at the Soaring Eagles camp outside of Old City Hall in Toronto. (Rhiannon Johnson/CBC )

Soaring Eagles Camp aims to raise awareness about injustices faced by Indigenous people across Canada

By Rhiannon Johnson, CBC News, March 6, 2018

Following the Justice for Tina Fontaine rally this past Sunday in Toronto, a youth-led occupation has set up camp outside Old City Hall in downtown Toronto.

The group set up three tents Sunday on the southwest portion of the grounds of the building that currently functions as a provincial courthouse. Read the rest of this entry

At Regina rally for Tina Fontaine, protesters promise fight to the end against ‘colonial justice’

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Protestors march down Victoria Avenue to show their frustration following the acquittal of Raymond Cormier who was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine. BRANDON HARDER / REGwp

Speakers at a protest that briefly blocked traffic at Albert and Victoria say they fear for their children’s lives, and don’t trust the justice system to protect them

Raymond Cormier found not guilty in death of Tina Fontaine

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Tina Fontaine.

The Crown had argued that Cormier convicted himself with his own admissions on secret police recordings. But the defence said numerous forensic holes in the prosecution’s case had left reasonable doubt.

WINNIPEG—A not-guilty verdict Thursday for a man who had been accused of killing a 15-year-old First Nations girl he met on the streets prompted immediate reaction from Indigenous leaders who criticized the safety nets that were supposed to keep her safe. Read the rest of this entry

Winnipeg police charge man, 53, with second-degree murder in Tina Fontaine death

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Tina Fontaine, whose body was found in Winnipeg’s Red River on Aug 17, 2014.

by APTN National News, December 11, 2015
Winnipeg police have charged a 53-year-old man with second-degree murder in the death of Tina Fontaine.

Raymond Joseph Cormier, 53, was arrested Wednesday in the Vancouver area.

Fontaine, 15, was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River on Aug. 17 2014. Read the rest of this entry

Tina Fontaine died because police, CFS failed her, family says

Tina Fontaine.

Tina Fontaine.

Officers investigated after having contact with — and letting go of — teen who was reported missing

CBC News, Sept 25, 2014

Police officers saw and spoke to Tina Fontaine on the last night the 15-year-old was seen alive in Winnipeg, before her body was found in the Red River in August.

Police Chief Devon Clunis told media on Thursday that officers came across Fontaine as part of a traffic stop on Aug. 8. She was in a car being driven by a man who was allegedly drunk.

“They took the drunk driver, but they let everybody else go who was in the car,” said Thelma Favel, Fontaine’s great-aunt and caregiver for much of her short life. Read the rest of this entry

Cree elder trek to press for national inquiry into missing, murdered aboriginal women

Cree elder Emil Bell.

Cree elder Emil Bell.

Emil Bell began walking on Tuesday to press for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women

The Canadian Press/CBC News,  Aug 27, 2014

A Cree elder in northern Saskatchewan has set out on a 400-kilometre walk to press for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.  Emil Bell started his Beauval-to-Saskatoon trek on Tuesday, carrying a petition that asks the federal government to hold the inquiry.

Bell says he decided to make the walk after hearing about the death of Tina Fontaine, a 15-year-old aboriginal girl whose body was found in a bag floating in the Red River near a downtown Winnipeg dock earlier this month. Read the rest of this entry

Girl, 15, found in bag in Red River; police seek tips on slaying

Tina Fontaine.

Tina Fontaine.

Winnipeg police recover body of 15-year-old girl from Red River near Alexander Docks

CBC News, Aug 17, 2014

Winnipeg police have released the identity of a girl found dead in the Red River Sunday afternoon.

Tina Fontaine, 15, was reported missing on Aug. 9. Her body was found in the Red River near the Alexander Docks at about 1:30 p.m., more than a week after she was reported missing.

Police are treating Fontaine’s death as a homicide. Read the rest of this entry