Regina round dance stops traffic in protest of acquittal in Tina Fontaine case
'We’re screaming for help. Are you listening?' spoken word poet asks
At least 100 activists took to the streets of Regina to stand up on behalf of Tina Fontaine.
Fontaine and Boushie were both Indigenous.
Tai Cook, 18, also stood in front of the large group of supporters to recite a spoken word poem she said she wrote in anger over two years ago.
"I'm watching my people go missing. I'm watching my people get murdered. We're screaming for help. Are you listening?" she asked, the emotion apparent in her eyes.
"It's disappointing how relevant that is today, how much that speaks for what is happening right now," she said. "I know that will still be relevant when I'm 80 years old."
Cook said both of the recent verdicts inspired her to speak up.
"If I were to go missing, if I were to get murdered, I know for a fact that nothing would be done about it. I would just be another statistic. I would just be another picture to add to the list and I want to change that," she said. "I want justice for all missing and murdered women, all missing and murdered Indigenous men.
Shelley Fayant, a First Nations mother from Regina, said she wasn't surprised at all when she found out Cormier was found not guilty.
"I expected it," she said.
"My hope and wish as a mother when I had my family was that I could raise my kids in a world that was a little more gentler and kinder than it was for me growing up here and it's not. I'm outraged," she said. "I'm here to show my support for Tina and Colten and every other indigenous person that has been failed by every system Canada has in place."