Tina Fontaine 9j - Community Resistance


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‘Tina’s experiences of family fracturing, domestic violence, exploitation, addiction, loss, grief, resilience, determination, hope, and searching for belonging, must not be viewed in a vacuum. Tina’s life, in many ways, echoed experiences lived by others, including her parents and the many members of her extended family, some whom she knew, others whom she did not. This context is important because only when we come to a universal acceptance and understanding of the realities of historical and current discrimination, injustices, systemic racism, and that not all people are allowed access to opportunities on equal measure, will we ever have a hope to correct historical, long-standing, and ongoing injustice.’ 

Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Volume 1a,   2019,  560


Tina Fontaine’s death galvanised First Nations people. On August 20th 2014, more than 1000 people took to the streets for a vigil on the banks of the Red River. The Drag the Red and Bear Clan Patrol movements were formed,  spurring further action.

Tina’s death has been described as a catalyst for change that re-ignited calls for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The Inquiry was announced by the government on December 8, 2015, and officially launched in August 2016. It presented its final report, Reclaiming Power and Place, in June 2019.




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