When will Justice come
We have been here before – to many times. Hoping for Justice.
My heart breaks for Thelma Favell and her family, Tina’s family and her community. I don’t even know how hard it is for your hearts to be broken wide open again. Never forget she was just a girl. She was a girl who wanted a bike. She was a girl who was lured because she was promised a bike.
Please take a moment to say a prayer for Tina and her family.
My hearts go out to all the family members and survivors of violence, who are once again forced to relive the pain of their lost loved ones as one more miscarriage of justice is flung at their feet.
My heart goes out to the jury members, who could only make a decision based on the evidence they were given. It will be forever burned in my memory, the juror who looked like a Grandmother herself as her shoulders shook while trying to contain her tears and she covered her face. Or the young man who looked like he only got his health card the day before he was called to take on the enormous responsibility of sitting on this jury. His grief was visible and overwhelming. They could only make a decision based on the evidence they were given and that evidence had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. it was not a question of race as we saw in the Gerald Stanley case. It was a question of the judicial system continuing to be a failure.
And we walk back to the police investigation. What more could the Police service have done to ensure that the evidence was beyond circumstantial? The police really need to review their investigative process to ensure that the evidence they present to the courts can get a conviction.
Canada has stated that they want to establish a new legal framework. Start by implementing the Recommendations of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry, The Royal Commission or any other report where we have shared our hearts for change. Stop ringing your hands.
Tonight I can hug my daughter and granddaughter and tell them I love them – to many mothers can’t.
Tonight, I am just going to curl up in fetal position. I promise all of my ancestors, I promise my daughter, my granddaughter, my sisters of birth and of choice, that I will get up in the morning and I will stand for justice until my last breath. I make that commitment, to stand with love. I honor you dear loved ones.
We have been here before – to many times.
Tomorrow Manitobans will commemorate Aboriginal Justice Day – it is not a holiday, it is a day to take action, a day to demand Justice and expect nothing less. On Friday, Febraury 23, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. we will gather for Tina Fontaine as a whole community and March from the Law Courts to the Forks. If ever the words, First we mourn and then we take action meant something – This is the time!