In turn, the Victim Services office should have mailed a list of counselling resources to the family so they could choose the supports they needed and so arrangements could be made to cover the costs.
Favel did, however, receive a letter saying she was not eligible for financial support because she effectively had guardianship of the two girls long before Mr. Fontaine died. Given his health, Mr. Fontaine had penned an informal note granting Ms. Favel custody of his daughters. The Victim Services letter did not clarify that the family was nonetheless eligible for counselling and other benefits. And girls such as Tina would not have to wait: The commission recommends that governments establish crisis-response teams.
By the fall of , Tina was frequently skipping school and had started running away from home. On one occasion, she was found in Winnipeg at the home of her mother, who was herself at the centre of a CFS protection case involving her other children. Medical staff did not contact child-welfare officials, and no psychological-services referral was made. If the inquiry commission gets its way, this dearth of services will no longer be so. Blackstock, a member of B.
Favel turned to a CFS agency and asked if she could place Tina in care.
The impetus, the commission says, is to recognize warning signs and develop specialized responses. The services were not immediately available there, so Tina was expected to travel 75 kilometres, to Beausejour, Man. The Favels do not have a car. Favel said. A memorial shelf for Tina Fontaine at the Powerview, Man. Favel contacted a CFS agency in the city. Although a different CFS agency had acknowledged Ms.
The three CFS agencies exchanged phone calls and came to a decision about which agency should take charge.
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In the early hours of July 17, , the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a call that Tina was screaming for help as a man dragged her by the arm down the street. When officers arrived, Tina and the year-old man were intoxicated; they were detained for public intoxication and taken to separate detox centres.
By the afternoon that same day, the teen was discharged to a CFS agency. The national inquiry makes numerous recommendations in the area of child-welfare, including that Indigenous communities have control over the design and delivery of services. These services, the report says, must be adequately funded and resourced. Governments must provide sustainable long-term investments to support Indigenous-led, low-barrier shelters. These shelters, the commission says, must be available wherever Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA [two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual] people reside.
Blackstock, who appeared before the commission. In early August of , Tina was again reported missing. Weighill, who appeared before the commission. Around 2 a. Somehow, neither the shelter nor the after-hours unit were aware that Tina was the subject of a missing-persons report. Tina and her friend left at around a. At a.
The driver was intoxicated, and Tina was in the car. The vehicle was impounded and Tina was let go, even though she had been reported missing. The WPS members were disciplined and are no longer officers. Tina denied she had been sexually exploited or assaulted, refused an exam and was cleared for discharge. She was placed at the hotel under the supervision of a third-party worker. She left that evening and never returned. She said it is important that police do not stereotype Indigenous women and girls. The inquiry report calls for several improvements to the way police handle cases involving Indigenous women and girls, such as the recruitment of Indigenous officers, cultural-sensitivity training and the standardization of a thorough process for the investigation of all cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
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Tom Stamatakis, the president of the Canadian Police Association, noted that the report builds on previous work, including the Oppal Inquiry in B. For Tina, it is all far too little, far too late. On Aug. Tina would have been eight-years-old when Ms. Blackstock filed the human-rights case against Ottawa. Had Canada not fought it, she said, perhaps Tina would have gotten the child-welfare services she needed. Favel has struggled with whether to trust that this government - or any, for that matter - will follow through on its promises.
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You were out on your own at such a young age, so you had to discover who you were as a person. I really enjoyed reading this story. My mother was very loving and close while yours was distant.
My girlfriend is exactly like my mother and plenty people say that you choose qualities of your girlfriend in your mom. I am very proud of you to hear your story and see how you overcame your setbacks and graduated with honors from JHU. Interesting story Professor Watkins! You turned out to to be a successful young man without the presence of your dad and negligence of your mom. A lot of young people use that as a excuse for not being successful, and for doing a lot of illegal and bad things.
You are a inspiration!! That was very touching. I could almost feel your pain as a boy growing up. I hope one day you guys can make amends. That was a very touching story. I could feel your pain as a child growing up. Omg Professor you almost made me cry! I love it, it kinda reminded me of my life. That explains a lot. First of all let me start off by saying I commend you on making such bold decisions, at such a young age.