RINJ Seeks Intervenor Status In Fontaine Case, Blaming RCMP



The RINJ Foundation is alleging criminal incompetence, negligence and racial discrimination in the conduct of police such that the RCMP mandate of crime prevention was ignored in the matter of Tina Fontaine on many occasions in 2013 and 2014.

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Justice will not be served until this precious child’s murderer is sentenced to life in prison and the pervasive incompetence of  the RCMP that led to  her death has been thoroughly investigated and a just resolution for Fontaine’s community results in solving the communities’ problem of police indifference and police brutality.

The RINJ Foundation is alleging incompetence and racial discrimination in the conduct of police in the matter of Tina Fontaine.

See also Rinnelle Harper Case (Request for briefs) – Tina Fontaine (Intervenor Status)

Too often, RCMP officers are themselves ignored suspects in cases of missing and murdered indigenous women.

  1. In this case, Tina Fontaine as a young child has been in the care and temporary custody of police many times. In each case no remedial action and no crime preventative action was taken.
  2. Tina Fontaine died as a consequence of  RCMP criminal incompetence; racial discrimination causing indifference to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act ( R.S.C., 1985, c. R-10) insofar as crime prevention is concerned; and criminal negligence.

The RINJ Foundation  has been conducting its own investigation in the Fontaine matter since 2014.

November 04, 2013 07:19 pm Statement

Statement released by RCMP on July 27, 2014.

RCMP Under Investigation

Fontaine’s body was found in a bag in the river on Aug. 17, 2014, eight days after she was reported missing. Twenty three days before that, she had been missing and returned by the RCMP to whatever situation led to her death.

If you have any information in this matter please contact rinj@rinj.org.Police released Fontaine into the same situation that had brought about her circumstance and ended in her death

12:00 AM July 31, 2014

Where’s Tina?

Tina Fontaine, 15, is reported missing to the Winnipeg Police Service on July 31. Tina’s aunt, Lana Fontaine, tells CBC News the girl was staying with her during the August long weekend in Winnipeg (Aug. 1-5). On Aug. 5, Tina calls her Child and Family Services worker, the aunt says, adding that members of CFS and the Winnipeg Police Service then arrive and pick Tina up. What would happen to the teen in the days following remains unclear, but she remained a missing youth.

2:30 AM August 8, 2014 —  3:00 AM August 8, 2014

Arrives at youth centre

In the wee hours of Aug. 8, Fontaine and a friend drop into Macdonald Youth Services emergency shelter on Mayfair Avenue for a bite to eat and to use the washroom. The friend tells CBC News she asked the centre to keep Fontaine overnight. However, Fontaine didn’t want to stay, and she refused to give her real name. MYS would not say what type of help was offered.

3:00 AM August 8, 2014 — 3:30 AM August 8, 2014

Police make contact

Shortly after leaving Macdonald Youth Services, police make contact with Fontaine when they pull over a truck at 3 a.m. The driver was impaired. Fontaine was a passenger in the truck and police let her go.

4:00 AM August 8, 2014 — 8:00 PM August 8, 2014

Paramedics find Fontaine

Later that day, members of Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service members respond to a call and find Fontaine drunk and passed out in alley near Ellice Avenue (upper left on map). She is taken to hospital, treated and released into the care of Child and Family Services. CFS checks Fontaine into a room at the Best Western Charterhouse hotel near York Avenue and Hargrave Street (lower right), but she leaves the hotel. Sometime on Aug. 8, the Winnipeg Police Service is informed that Fontaine has been found.

12:00 AM August 9, 2014

Tina reported missing again

After leaving the Charterhouse hotel, Tina Fontaine is reported missing once again.

Helping Rape Survivors & Encouraging the Prosecution of Rapists:

1. The RINJ Foundation offers funding assistance for counseling; medical aid; reconstructive surgery; and special care and attention otherwise unavailable owing to funding or specialist resource issues. 2. The RINJ Foundation raises funds for the purchase of ‘rape kits’ and/or the funding of rape kit testing. First responders and hospitals must have rape kits and completed rape kits must be immediately tested with results sent posthaste to police and prosecutors. 3. RINJ shares learning

  • a. provides data to the public about ‘wanted’ sex offenders/suspects or recently released-from-prison rapists who may be of interest to the community;
  • b. encourages a more diligent execution of duty by law enforcement investigating sexual assault / rape complaints; and
  • c. plays a role in overseeing how sexual assault / rape survivors in war-torn countries find remedy.

The RINJ Foundation sends volunteer NGO workers to assist United Nations War Crime investigators catalog crimes of rape in war zones.

The RINJ Foundation Objectives

1. To educate and increase the public’s awareness of the basic principle of The RINJ Foundation, that “Rape Is No Joke”.

2. Educate the public and professionals about prevention of, and responses to, rape and all sexual abuse against all people by offering courses, seminars, conferences and meetings and by collecting and disseminating information on that topic.

3. Assist those affected by rape and sexual abuse through counseling and treatment programs.

4. Train police officers, military personnel teachers, social workers, and crisis response workers on how to recognize and respond to sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, online sexual exploitation, and to assist those affected.

5. Assist institutions where possible in using the most modern methodology for gathering and evaluation evidence for the prosecution of rape crime.

6. Assist and encourage a new United Nations’ effort to end the use of rape as a weapon of war.

7. As an NGO (Non-Government Organization) to assist the United Nations efforts of monitoring and investigation of reports of the rape of persons in regions of conflict or war and to assist agencies bring support to victims and (through accurate and impartial evidence gathering by volunteers and paid workers) bring justice to perpetrators.

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