Jury in First Nations student deaths inquest set to deliver recommendations in Thunder Bay, Ont.
7 students from remote First Nations died in Thunder Bay, Ont., between 2000 and 2011
A coroner's inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations youth in Thunder Bay, Ont., is expected to issue dozens of recommendations on Tuesday for keeping Indigenous students safe in the city, but it's the verdict on how the students died that could prove most contentious.
The inquest is examining the deaths of Jethro Anderson, Curran Strang, Paul Panacheese, Robyn Harper, Reggie Bushie, Kyle Morriseau and Jordan Wabasse. All of the students came from remote First Nations to attend high school in Thunder Bay. They died between 2000 and 2011.
Bodies of five of the students were found in rivers in Thunder Bay. Months of testimony from police, schoolmates and family members have not revealed how the boys got into the water. There has been no indication of suicide.
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On Tuesday, the jury of four women and one man will issue a verdict indicating whether they believe the drowning deaths were accidental or undetermined.
An undetermined ruling leaves the door open for the theory that at least some of the boys were pushed into the river, perhaps in a racially motivated altercation.
A former student told the inquest about swimming for his life after being thrown into a river at night by a group of young men he didn't know.
Many other students have testified about food, bottles and hate speech being hurled at them from passing cars in the city.
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Family seeks homicide verdict
The family of another student, Robyn Harper, 18, who died on the floor of her boarding home after a night of binge-drinking, has asked the jury to rule her death a homicide.
Their lawyer argued that Harper's boarding home parent and school support staff ought to have taken the severely intoxicated teen to hospital.
The long-awaited inquest began in October 2015 and heard many days of emotional testimony from parents of the students, as well as heated legal arguments from the 11 parties represented in the proceedings.
Here's some of what was revealed about each of the students:
Find complete coverage of the inquest here: First Nations student deaths inquest
Watch live streaming video from the First Nation student deaths inquest here.
Follow CBC Thunder Bay reporter Jody Porter as she tweets from the inquest.