ASHTON CRITICIZES MEDIA RE-VICTIMIZATION OF TINA FONTAINE
February 1st, 2018 - 4:01pm
Churchill – Keewatinook Aski MP Niki Ashton has criticized media coverage and media headlines that she says re-victimizes the victim, Tina Fontaine.
Ashton made the comments after the coverage of the trial of Tina Fontaine’s accused killer. “Words cannot describe the pain that the murder of Tina Fontaine has caused her family, her community and so many other Canadians. Tina Fontaine was a victim, one of so many victims of violence against Indigenous women. Misleading headlines that focused on toxicology issues at trial were offensive and disrespectful. Despite the changes to the title, as we’ve seen today, the tendency to blame the victim is all too common in the media and society.”
Ashton said she agreed with Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas who called out the Globe and Mail coverage for “re-victimizing the victim.”
“As Indigenous people continue to fight for justice and to end this epidemic of violence against Indigenous women we must respect victims and their families. That starts by honouring and respecting victims like Tina Fontaine.” said Ashton.