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Rallying for Tina

Dozens of people took to the streets of Downtown Vancouver Saturday to protest a Manitoba jury's decision to acquit the man accused of killing Tina Fontaine, an 15-year-old Indigenous girl.

People gathered on Hamilton Street, where prayers were sung and local Indigenous people spoke.

"We hope to show the justice system that, across Canada, we will not be silent," organizer Jaye Simpson told CTV News. "We will be loud about it. We demand justice for Tina Fontaine."

The body of Fontaine, a member of the Sagkeeng First Nation was found wrapped in a duvet, weighed down with rocks, in Winnipeg's Red River in August 2014.

Raymond Cormier, 56, was charged with her murder but a jury found him not guilty Thursday.

The verdict came just two weeks after a jury acquitted Gerald Stanley of the murder of Colton Boushie, a 22-year-old Indigenous man.

Saturday's rally was one of several held across Canada.

"I'm calling on not just Indigenous people,” said Musqueam writer and activist Audrey Siegl at Vancouver's rally. “I need every person … Get your men in check.

"I'm calling on you to save our women and save our babies."

People carried signs Saturday saying Canada is failing its Indigenous people.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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