Almost 90 per cent of children in foster care in Manitoba are Aboriginal, the highest rate in Canada.) Tina was last seen on Aug. “I want to go home to Sagkeeng, where I’m loved,” she told her.The friend says Tina was approached by a man who asked her to perform a sex act. Within days, Winnipeg police would announce another missing Aboriginal girl last seen in the North End. Since Tina’s death, Thelma has refused to leave her tidy home on Louis Riel Drive.“Oh Goddd how long are aboriginal people going to use what happened as a crutch to suck more money out of Canadians?
“They have contributed NOTHING to the development of Canada. Get to work, tear the treaties and shut the FK up already. ” Another day in Winnipeg, another hateful screed against the city’s growing indigenous population.
This one from a teacher (now on unpaid leave) at Kelvin High School, long considered among the city’s progressive schools—alma mater to just about every Winipegger of note, from Marshall Mc Luhan to Izzy Asper, Fred Penner and Neil Young.
Meaningful change will not come easily, but all this holds the promise, however faint, of a more hopeful future for the city.
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The Manitoba capital is deeply divided along ethnic lines.
It manifestly does not provide equal opportunity for Aboriginals.
Eight days later she was pulled from the river, identified by a tattoo on her back bearing the name of her father, Eugene. “Every time I leave the house I feel like I’m having a panic attack.” She can’t forgive herself for letting Tina go to Winnipeg.
On a recent frigid weekday afternoon, a 14-year-old Aboriginal girl, coming off a high after huffing gas, told none of her girlfriends have changed their behaviour in the wake of Tina’s murder, laughing at the suggestion. “It’s like somebody ripped your heart out of your chest.
She’d show them TV programs on murdered and missing indigenous women, clip newspaper articles. 17, the girl’s remains were pulled from the Red River’s murky waters near the Alexander Docks in downtown Winnipeg.
“It’s not safe out there for Aboriginals girls,” she’d caution. The murder of the 15-year-old was only the most recent, horrifying example of the violence faced by Winnipeg’s indigenous community—a world apart from white Winnipeg.
And it is quickly becoming known for the subhuman treatment of its First Nations citizens, who suffer daily indignities and appalling violence.