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Tina Fontaine asked for help before she died, was told no beds: advocate – National Observer

by ahnationtalk on March 13, 2019115 Views

Manitoba’s children’s advocate says an Indigenous teenager was left homeless and at risk for sexual exploitation when she asked social agencies for help in the weeks before she was found dead in a river but was told there were no beds available.

Daphne Penrose says in her report into the death of Tina Fontaine that social workers and others ignored multiple signs that the girl was spiralling downward and in danger.

 “Throughout her life, Tina needed an array of services from child and family, education, victim support, law enforcement, health and mental-health systems,” Penrose says in her report.

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