Two days after Tina’s body was found, roughly 1,000 people gathered in Winnipeg for a memorial, calling once again for a public inquiry into the nearly 1,200 indigenous women who have been murdered or have gone missing since 1982. But beyond Winnipeg’s city limits, the reaction to Tina Fontaine’s death was tepid at best.
"When our prime minister dismisses the issue altogether, and our national police service can’t be bothered to so much as keep track of the number, it’s time for a bit of national self-reflection. Oh, Canada, indeed: land where indigenous women are statistics hardly worth accounting for.
I wish that were hyperbole. But the facts back it up: While indigenous women make up just 4.3 per cent of the Canadian population, they account for 16 per cent of female homicides and 11.3 per cent of missing women. Indigenous women aged 25 to 44 are five times more likely to suffer a violent death than other women in Canada. And when they do, they receive six times less coverage than white women do.”