Prayers for justice at vigil

Candles lit in memory of Jeanenne Fontaine.

The cry of the crow flying overhead marked the beginning of the vigil.

Women drummers began drumming and singing at the memorial gathering for Jeanenne Fontaine.

After hearing of two women murdered last week in Winnipeg, Kimberley Kostiuk organized a vigil with the help of Jennifer Spence-Clark.

The tragedies have shaken the community and have left Indigenous women concerned about the level of violence against their sisters.

At the gathering, there were calls by many residents to stop the violence against women in Winnipeg.

The vigil was held outside in front of the burnt out home in the north end where Fontaine was killed. About 80 people gathered around the house. People from the community came out to show their support for the family. Family members of other murdered women were also in attendance.

Jennifer Spence-Clark remembers Jeanenne Fontaine.

Women and men drummers came to sing songs during the vigil. The Bear Clan was also there.

People lit candles and came up to offer support to Jeanenne Fontaine’s, mother, Lana. Jeanenne’s brother spoke about his sister as a good girl who was getting her babies back.

Vigil was held outside Fontaine’s home that was destroyed by fire.

Gramma Shingoose offered prayers for justice, as the family expressed thanks for the support given at the vigil. Jeanenne Fountaine was a young mother, sister and cousin who was loved by her family.

Community support given to Jeanenne’s mother.

Vivian Ketchum


I am an Indigenous woman from Wauzhushk Onigum Nation, a First Nation community outside of Kenora, Ontario. I have lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the past ten years. My hobby is photography and I consider myself an amateur photographer. I live in the central area of Winnipeg and enjoy the challenges of residing in the core area.

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