Tina Fontaine's murder remains unsolved, but new details are coming out that paint a heartbreaking portrait of the teen's short life. This Wednesday news report shares that the teen's father was also violently slain -- which is a fact that her loved ones call "a turning point" in her life. These details come as investigators continue their search for clues leading to a possible solution in this case. They're trying to find out where she may have been, who may have actually last seen her; Any detail that can find who killed this 15-year-old girl. While the case is investigated, there are others in the area who have gone without answers for years -- such as the loved ones of Hillary Angel Wilson, and the other hundreds of missing and murdered women in Canada.
The disappearance and murder of Tina Fontaine brings to attention a fact about Canada that few people realize: This country has a long history of neglecting female victims of crime. In particular, they ignore the deaths of aboriginal and high risk women. It's estimated that just under 1,200 aboriginal women in Canada have been murdered since 1980, and many of those murdered women were preyed upon on the Highway of Tears and other areas where aboriginal women are "easy pickings" to predators. RCMP's tendency to ignore female victims has also been brought up before -- in particular during the trial of Robert Pickton, who claimed the lives of numerous prostitutes, and RCMP could have stopped him before he claimed as many lives as he did.
Tina Fontaine's death is a high profile case now, even catching attention here in the United States. Here's to hoping officials in Canada do a good job of actually getting to the bottom of this case. Her killer (or killers) needs to be apprehended and brought to justice for the horrific crimes that were committed. In the meantime, the public should never forget about all of the women -- of every race or cultural background -- who have disappeared or lost their lives in Canada. They deserve justice. Everyone does.