Regina graffiti artist’s mural brings Tina Fontaine’s story to New Zealand – CBC

by ahnationtalk on April 10, 201894 Views

Emily Gardner sees herself in the story of Tina Fontaine. The graffiti artist was inspired to paint a mural in Auckland, New Zealand, dedicated to the 15-year-old girl from Sagkeeng First Nation.

“To me, Tina represents sort of the plight and the struggles of a lot of young women who end up in care and child protection services in Canada and I want to take a moment and remind people that Tina was a child. She was a young woman who needed protection, who needed help and the system failed her. And however we contribute to that system collectively, we fail her, as well,” Gardner said.

Gardner, who is from Saskatchewan, wound up in the foster care system. First, in Calgary and then later she was sent to Gemma House, a group home for girls in Regina.

An in-progress shot of Emily Gardner’s mural of Tina Fontaine in Auckland, New Zealand. (Emily Gardner)

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