MP ASHTON'S STATEMENT ON TINA FONTAINE

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Tina Fontaine was a 15 year old girl from the Sagkeeng First Nation - she was a daughter, a niece, a sister. A girl who had her whole life in front of her. But like so many Indigenous Women and girls it came to a tragic end. And like so many Indigenous people there has been no justice for Tina Fontaine.

As has been said, Tina was let down by so many, social services, the child welfare system, the police, and finally the justice system.

But the injustice faced by Tina Fontaine like Colten Boushie have shaken our country up. Their murders have mobilized many. They’ve made it clear that there is no reconciliation without justice. That racism is alive and well in Canada and that racism kills. And that enough is enough - there must be fundamental change when it comes to the systems that target Indigenous people and push people to the edge.

So today we call for Love for Tina. For Justice for Tina. For Justice for Colten. And we call on the federal government to commit to fundamental change - so that no Indigenous woman or Indigenous man goes missing or is murdered again.