February 22nd 2018 and R*ymond C*rmier verdict was NOT GUILTY. With numerous admissions to undercover cops, witnesses to arguments between him and Tina, a jury deemed him NOT GUILTY.
There is NO Justice on STOLEN LAND. No Justice? NO PEACE! But this will be a PEACEFUL protest. There is a line up of speakers and the list is being sorted now.
*Blankets for Tina*
Tina Fontaine left this world in August 2014. She was 15 years of age. She was loved by family and friends. Her facebook page still shows how much time she spent with beloved cousins, siblings, friends, and how so many in her family cheered her on as she grew. She was bright, adventurous, funny and, just like many young people with great promise, sometimes cynical about the world around her.
Her Auntie Thelma has said Tina loved to bake, and her room had many teddy bears and a star blanket.
Sadly Canada failed Tina at every turn. After her father was murdered, she struggled a lot. Eventually she left Sagkeeng First Nation for Winnipeg, where she was left on her own in a motel by CFS. It is well known there are people who prey on youth in their darkest moments of desperation. Tina should have been shielded, protected. She was supposedly in “care”.
Tina endured a horrible end wrapped in bedding and discarded in a river. We promise to raise the truth of how this world did her wrong. We pledge to walk forward in the strength of love and sorrow for loss, in celebration of every young Indigenous person. We must be vigilant we must guide our youth while respecting their wisdom.
As an offering of love and support for Tina and her family, the extended community are walking, wrapped in blankets, from a body of water and into the streets. Many teachings feature blankets for soothing, holding and honouring. This gesture is to hold one another and those directly paining from the loss of Tina Fontaine.
*sχɬemetəna:t/Audrey Siegl, Musqueam
*Kachina Melinda Bige - Lutsel k'e Dene Treaty 8 in Northwest Territories and Plains Cree
*Valeen Jules - Nuu-chah-Nuulth and Kwakwak'awak
*Tawahum Justin Bige - Lutsel k'e Dene Treaty 8 in Northwest Territories and Plains Cree
*Quw'utsun' Made, Cowichan
*Sara Cadeau, Anishnaabe from Garden River, Ontario
*Ronnie Dean Harris, Stō:lo/St’át’imc/Lil’wat/Nlaka'pamux
*David Dennis, Nuu-chah-Nuulth
*Rivers Stonechild, Saulteaux First Nation
*Grandmother Sharon Bass, Anishnaabe
*JB The First Lady, Nuxalk and Onondaga
*Carol Muree Martin, Nigaa/Gitanyow nation
*Cicely-Belle Blain, Wolof Tribe
*Sii-amlouet Hamilton, Sto:ló and NuuChahNulth
*Crystal Smith, Tsimshian, Haisla and Heiltsuk
*jaye simpson, Oji-Cree from Sapotaweyak Cree Nation
*Atticus Courtoreille, Ahtakakoop Cree Nation, Treaty 6 Territory
More to be announced, and some have asked not to be published as speakers. The list is not in speaking order.
We are calling for drummers, hand and big, they will hear us, they will have no other option but to hear us.
The weather forecast says sun but will be COLD. Please dress warmly, bring gloves, jackets scarves, even extra if you have some.
This rally, protest and march takes place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.
For more information see event information on Facebook.
- February 24, 2018 at 12pm – 2pm
700 Hamilton St
Vancouver, BC V6B 2R5
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