Ashton Repeats Call for National Inquiry in Light of Tina Fontaine's Murder

Ottawa - Following the discovery of 15 year old Tina Fontaine's body in the Red River, Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) repeated the urgent call for a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

"The murder of Tina Fontaine is a national tragedy. My thoughts are with her family, her friends and her First Nation, Sagkeeng," said Ashton. "Tina's murder is a wake-up call for Prime Minister Harper and his Government. While they fail to take action including calling a National Inquiry, Indigenous women continue to be murdered.

The murder of Tina Fontaine has sparked action, including a vigil and walk to be held on the evening of August 19th in Winnipeg. The local investigation has begun. The calls for national action including a National Inquiry are being made by many.

"There must be justice for Tina Fontaine and we must ensure that no other Indigenous woman or girl goes missing. This means that the Harper Government must step up and take action."