And it is quickly becoming known for the subhuman treatment of its First Nations citizens, who suffer daily indignities and appalling violence.Winnipeg is arguably becoming Canada’s most racist city.
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.
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.
The Manitoba capital is deeply divided along ethnic lines.
It manifestly does not provide equal opportunity for Aboriginals.(Their mother had left the girls as babies.) Eugene had been raising the girls on his own in Winnipeg, where he worked at a tire plant. But he never had the chance to bring them back home to Winnipeg. Last spring, Tina ran away twice to Winnipeg to visit her mom—a relationship Thelma encouraged, feeling the girl needed another parental bond after losing her dad.He knew the girls would be better off with Thelma, his aunt, who had helped raise him. 21, 2003, which still hangs in a simple wooden frame in Thelma’s living room in Powerview-Pine Falls, about 100 km northeast of Winnipeg, Eugene signed over temporary custody of Tina, his “little monkey,” and Sarah, whom he’d lovingly nicknamed “chubby.” Tina, a beautiful wisp of a girl, flourished at École Powerview after Thelma pulled her and Sarah from their reserve school. Her boyfriend was deaf; the pair communicated by texting. He became addicted to his pain medication and the alcohol he was using to cope. 31, 2011—just shy of the four months doctors told him he had left to live—Eugene was beaten to death in a dispute over money. In early July, she allowed Tina to visit her mom in Winnipeg for a week: it was her reward for excellent grades that June.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.Little is known about what happened to her in the weeks after that. She was failed repeatedly by agencies meant to protect her. 8, police came across Tina in a roadside stop: she was in a vehicle with a male driver who was allegedly intoxicated. Officers let Tina go, even though she was listed as a high-risk missing person.