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Meaningful change will not come easily, but all this holds the promise, however faint, of a more hopeful future for the city.Related: Audio: Reporter Nancy Macdonald talks about reporting on her hometown Winnipeg leaders vow to face racism head-on Paul Wells: Winnipeg rises to a challenge Thelma, who never misses the suppertime news, tried to strike fear into the hearts of her nieces, Tina and Sarah Fontaine.Badiuk’s comments came while the city was still reeling from the murder of Tina Fontaine, a 15-year-old child from the Sagkeeng First Nation who was wrapped in plastic and tossed into the Red River after being sexually exploited in the city’s core.They came after Nunavummiuq musician Tanya Tagaq, last year’s Polaris Music Prize winner, who complained that while out to lunch in downtown Winnipeg where she was performing with the city’s ballet this fall, “a man started following me calling me a ‘sexy little Indian’ and asking to f–k.” They came the very week an inquest issued its findings in the death of Brian Sinclair, an indigenous 45-year-old who died from an entirely treatable infection after being ignored for 34 hours in a city ER.Police divers discovered her by accident: they were searching the Red for the drowned remains of Faron Hall, the Dakota man dubbed the “Homeless Hero” for twice saving Winnipeggers from the river that eventually took his life.
When Tina didn’t come home, Thelma reported her missing to police. Friends say she was working in the sex trade to earn money.
“Oh Goddd how long are aboriginal people going to use what happened as a crutch to suck more money out of Canadians?