Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Family, Friends, Elders Gather at Sagkeeng First Nation to Honour Tina Fontaine

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Family, Friends, Elders Gather at Sagkeeng First Nation to Honour Tina Fontaine

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Family, community gather to honour slain teen

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SAGKEENG FIRST NATION, Man. - Dozens of people gathered in Tina Fontaine's home community north of Winnipeg to honour her memory and comfort her family.

Chief Derrick Henderson of the Sagkeeng First Nation says they wanted to let the teen's relatives know they are not alone.

Last week, Raymond Cormier was found not guilty of second-degree murder in Tina's death.

The 15-year-old's body was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg in 2014 after she came to the city to reconnect with her birth mother.

She had been in the care of Manitoba child and family services.

The verdict sparked sadness and angry calls for reform by Indigenous leaders who say the system completely failed Tina.

Henderson said the gathering and feast Tuesday involved family members, elders, community leaders, politicians and high school students who went to school with Tina before she moved to Winnipeg. …

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