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Chief Coroner Calls Joint Inquest Into The Deaths of Seven Aboriginal Youth in Thunder Bay

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Chief Coroner Calls Joint Inquest Into The Deaths of Seven Aboriginal Youth in Thunder Bay

Dr. Andrew McCallum, Chief Coroner for Ontario, today announced that a joint inquest will be held into the deaths of:

  • Jethro Anderson of Kasabonika Lake First Nation, who died on or about November 11, 2000 at age 15;
  • Reggie Bushie of Poplar Hill First Nation, who died on or about November 1, 2007 at age 15;
  • Robyn Harper of Keewaywin First Nation, who died on January 13, 2007 at age 19;
  • Kyle Morrisseau of Keewaywin First Nation, who died on or about November 10, 2009 at age 17;
  • Paul Panacheese of Mishkeegogamang First Nation, who died on November 11, 2006 at age 21;
  • Curran Strang of Pikangikum First Nation, who died on or about September 26, 2005 at age 18; and
  • Jordan Wabasse of Webequie First Nation, who died on or about May 10, 2011 at age 15
All seven students died after leaving their home communities to pursue secondary education in Thunder Bay. The Office of the Chief Coroner called an inquest into the death of Reggie Bushie in January 2009. In consultation with Nishnawbe Aski Nation, the Chief Coroner is now expanding the discretionary inquest to include all seven deaths, due to the similar circumstances which surrounded them. An inquest jury may be able to make recommendations aimed at preventing further deaths among students from remote northern communities. Details regarding the date and location of the inquest will be announced when the information becomes available.

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