WINNIPEG — A trial is set to begin in Winnipeg today in the death of an Indigenous teenager whose body was found wrapped in the Red River.
The death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine in 2014 renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Tina had only been in Winnipeg a couple of weeks after leaving her great-aunt’s home on the Sagkeeng First Nation, about 70 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.
She was in the care of Child and Family Services, but police said Tina became an exploited youth in the Manitoba capital.
Raymond Cormier, who was 53 when he was arrested in December 2015, is charged with second-degree murder.
Court documents allege Tina was killed around Aug. 10, 2014 — 10 days after she was first reported missing from foster care.
Winnipeg police encountered Tina two days before it’s believed she was killed, but did not take her into custody. She was later taken to hospital where she was picked up by social workers.
She was put in a downtown hotel but ran away again shortly before she was killed.
The trial is scheduled to last for five weeks.