A joint inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students runs until March 2016, in Thunder Bay, Ont.

All of the students died between 2000 and 2011 while attending high school in the city, hundreds of kilometres away from their remote First Nations where access to education is limited.

Three of them were just 15 years old when their bodies were pulled from a local river. Two other teens are suspected of drowning while two more may have overdosed. The inquest is expected to fully examine the circumstances of their deaths and make recommendations to prevent others. 

Dr. David Eden is presiding as inquest coroner — and Trevor Jukes, Karen Shea and Amy Leamen will be counsel to the coroner.