America has finally broken its silence regarding the hundreds of Indigenous women that have gone missing or have been murdered in recent years. On September 21, 2020, the House passed Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act to help law enforcement respond to this horrifying yet massively invisible crisis. In order to become law, the fates of both bills rest in the hands of President Trump.
Another person has been charged in the death of Tiki Laverdiere. An RCMP news release said Charles St. Savard, 33, was arrested in Edmonton on Friday.St. Savard now faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Laverdiere. He becomes the ninth person charged in Laverdiere’s death.
Thelma Favel hasn’t opened the curtains in her living room in years. Favel is the grandmother of Tina Fontaine, the 15-year-old from Sagkeeng First Nation whose horrific 2014 murder is credited as the catalyst for the government to launch a national inquiry into the death and disappearance of thousands of Indigenous women in Canada. Sometimes, she still expects Tina to walk through the door. “If they’re open, I look out the window, down the road to see if she’s coming home,” she told Refinery29 during a telephone interview from her home in Pine Falls, MB. “It still hurts every day.”