As reported in the Globe and Mail, Winnipeg’s Red River has become ground zero in the ongoing fight for a national inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women.
Tina was last seen in downtown Winnipeg on Aug. 8 and was reported missing the next day. Nine days later, her status went from missing to murdered. Her body was found in the Red River, wrapped in plastic, on Sunday. The divers who found her were searching for another person.
That man turned out to be Faron Hall, the so-called “homeless hero” who got his nickname for rescuing two people from drowning in the same waters he died in.
It shouldn’t be lost on us that his last act allowed Tina’s remains to be found. If not for him she may have never been found. God knows how many others may be resting in the murky depths of the Red River.
It’s hard to phantom the mind of someone who would murder a 15 year old. It’s harder still to wonder why we, as a community, let our youth, especially our aboriginal youth, down so much. At birth, Tina was three times as likely to be murdered by a stranger than a non-native Canadian. In her home province of Manitoba, almost half of the female homicide victims – 49 per cent — are aborigine yet they comprise just 16.7 per cent of the population.
Tina’s mother, Tina Duck, said during a vigil and ceremony attended by thousands, “You’re in a good place now, Tina. Nobody can bother you or hurt you … I love you, my girl.”