Bear clan patrol hits Winnipeg north end streets

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Outrage over the brutal slaying of 15 year old Tina Fontaine ended a long hibernation for a Winnipeg citizen’s group.

Re-introducing the Bear Clan patrol to Winnipeg streets has been 18 months in the making.

They hit the streets for the first time, again, this week.

APTN’s Dennis Ward reports.

Warning: This story contains strong language.

 

Host, Producer / Winnipeg

Dennis is Métis from southern Manitoba. After spending a decade working in TV in Alberta and Ontario, Dennis returned to Manitoba to join APTN’s Winnipeg bureau as a reporter/correspondent in September 2014. In 2016, he won a Canadian Association of Journalists award for his story A Soldier Scorned for APTN Investigates. In 2017, he became a host/producer for APTN National News and Face to Face. In 2020, Dennis and co host Melissa Ridgen were nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best News Anchor, National.

3 thoughts on “Bear clan patrol hits Winnipeg north end streets

  1. Where was the Bear Clan patrol three years prior when the 15 year old Tina Fontaine’s father was murdered? Why is it these issues only come to life when women are the victims?
    I feel the topic of missing and murdered Aboriginal males is grossly neglected. The murdered and missing Aboriginals females are in the newspapers every other day. Here are some headlines: “Aboriginal women deserve much more than an inquiry”, “Why do so many aboriginal women die violent deaths? We already know”, “Inquiry into murdered aboriginal women would have great symbolic value, but would it be worth the cost?.” (1)
    A strong case in point was the unfortunate death of Tina Fontaine. “Fontaine was in the care of Child and Family Services at the time of her disappearance.” The Walk and Vigil to Honour Tina Fontaine and Faron Hall makes the claim that “She was a daughter to us all, and represents both the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada and, what’s more, the neglect shown by governments to fully, substantively confront this issue in an actionable way.” (2)
    She was a true daughter to her father, Eugene Fontaine, who was beaten to death and discovered on Halloween, 2011 three years before her own unsightly murder. (3) But there was no vigil for her father.
    Are Aboriginal males lives just not equally as important as Aboriginal females? The fact that the murder of Aboriginal males far outnumber the Aboriginal females by more than double (studies indicate 71 percent of the murdered Aboriginals are male) dosen’t hit the newspapers, nor the evening news, seem to imply Aboriginal males don’t matter. (3)
    Though it seems to be very factual that Aboriginal men and women are both much more likely to be killed than are other Canadians it should be noted that aboriginal women seem overwhelmingly likely to be killed by aboriginal men, notably their partners or spouses. “After initially refusing, the RCMP recently confirmed Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s claim that 70 per cent of indigenous women’s murderers are indigenous men.” While the RCMP initially declared it would not disclose “statistics on the ethnicity of the perpetrators of solved aboriginal women homicides,” it did acknowledge focusing on the “aboriginal origin of female victims of homicides.” , the RCMP presented this as evidence of “the spirit of our bias-free policing policy.” Its report found that only eight per cent of the violent acts against Aboriginals were were executed by strangers. The rest of the perpetrators were either spouses, family members or intimate partners and acquaintances. (4)
    This information can be seen as big breakthrough. With further research these senseless murders can be exposed and – if not eradicated – at least reduced.
    But I beg of you Bear Clan Patrol, please see it in your hearts the overwhelming amount of deaths of Aboriginal males.

  2. Yes, the Bear.Clan Patrol is a needed endeavour to help protect the citizens and enhance safety on the streets … It seems that the governments of the day do not want to but our tax dollars were they are really needed, but continue to spend enormous amount on wars and war-machines to fight in far off wars that neither the UN or NATO has sanctioned … Harper is no friend to Canadians !!!

    1. Too bad RCMP or local police cannot be of some help. If you could email me some info I would like to “steal” your action plan and take it to my home on Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana
      Thanks
      Gary

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