fundraiser/silent auction/musical performances
On the evening of Thursday, May 24th there will be a community fundraiser in memory of Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie. It will include a silent auction and performances by local artists.
Tickets will be $15. If this cost is prohibitive, please contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both washrooms are non-binary. While the building is wheelchair accessible, the washrooms are not.
Food and beverages are available for purchase.
This event is being organized by Katie Perfitt, Emma Buchanan, and RJ Jones.
Colten Boushie was a 22-year-old from Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. He was a loved grandson, son, nephew, brother, cousin, uncle, and friend. Family and friends say Colten was kind, generous, and had a strong work ethic – having achieved his forest fighter certificate, and was a traditional helper with ceremonial protocol. He had a bright and promising future ahead of him.
In August 2016, Colten was shot and killed on a farm while out for a drive with his friends. On February 9th, the verdict was released and we found out that Gerald Stanley was acquitted of all charges in the murder of Colten Boushie. Colten’s family and friends were denied justice again, after the Crown denied their calls for an appeal of the verdict.*
Part of the proceeds will go to the Boushie/Baptiste Family – care of Colten’s mother, Debbie – to support them in their time of mourning and healing, for their legal costs, and on their continuing journey for justice. Find out more here: https://ca.gofundme.com/justice4colten
15 year old Tina Fontaine was raised by her great-aunt for most of her life on the Sagkeeng First Nation. She loved math and science and told family one day she wanted to work with children. Family and friends remembered her has shy, but said she sometimes would let loose and danced in her living room.
Tina was taken from the West End and murdered during a trip to Winnipeg, despite being in contact with police hours before her murder. Raymond Joseph Cormier was charged in December 2015 with her murder, but was acquitted by a jury in February 2018. The policing and legal systems, and child welfare services failed Tina like they’ve failed so many Indigenous women, children and Two-Spirited people.
Proceeds will go to members of the Winnipeg community organizing a 24 hour youth drop in center for at-risk youth — something organizers say is lacking. Proceeds will help fund an Elder/Grandmother position and a youth position which will provide loving care for youth who access the centre. Read more here: https://www.gofundme.com/WestEnd247