Topic: first nations student deaths inquest

Northern Ontario First Nation seeks answers to teen's death from probe of Thunder Bay police

A councillor from a fly-in First Nation in northwestern Ontario says he's looking to the ongoing review of Thunder Bay police to hopefully shed some light on a tragedy from 17 years ago.

Federal, provincial governments announce funding for NAN-led student safety plan

The Ontario and federal governments say they've committed $10 million to an action plan developed by the Nishnawbe Aski Nation that aims to keep students safe when they come to Thunder Bay for school.

'Disappointing' response so far to 7 youth inquest recommendations, says Aboriginal Legal Services

Legal representatives for the families of six of the seven Indigenous students who were the subject of a coroner's inquest in Thunder Bay, Ont., say, overall, the response to the jury's recommendations so far has been "disappointing."
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City officials say more supports in place, coming for First Nations youth in Thunder Bay

Officials with the City of Thunder Bay say progress is being made to implement recommendations aimed at the city that came ouf of the inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in the northwestern Ontario city.

What Chanie Wenjack's sister wants from Gord Downie's Secret Path

Fifty years after Chanie Wenjack's tragic death while running away from residential school, his sister says it's time every First Nation had its own school.

Indigenous deaths prompt increased police patrols near river in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Thunder Bay police are increasing patrols near the McIntyre River where three First Nations students were found dead between 2005 and 2009 and three more Indigenous people have died in recent months.

First Nations student deaths inquest: 5 recommendations we've heard before

A coroner's inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont. repeats several of the recommendations made nearly 20 years ago by an inquest into the death of a teenager from Neskantaga First Nation.

Indigenous youth reflect on recommendations from First Nations student deaths inquest

An inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay issued 145 recommendations on Tuesday, one Indigenous youth hopes the inquest starts a national conversation about hate-crimes.

Inquest dubs 3 First Nations youth deaths accidental, while 4 others remain a mystery

The deaths of four young aboriginals who moved from their remote northern Ontario reserves to attend high school in Thunder Bay, Ont., occurred in an undetermined manner, an inquest jury decided Tuesday.

Jury in First Nations student deaths inquest set to deliver recommendations in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A coroner's inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations youth in Thunder Bay, Ont., issues its verdict and recommendations on Tuesday. All of the students were from remote communities in northern Ontario where access to high school is limited.

How Canada says it can improve First Nations education after 7 students died in Thunder Bay, Ont.

The jury at the inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont., will deliver its recommendations on Tuesday for improving Indigenous education.

First Nations school finishes wall mural started by student who died

An art project started by a teenager who died in 2007 has now been completed by current students at a First Nations high school in Thunder Bay, Ont.

First Nations student safety in Thunder Bay: 9 things inquest lawyers agree on

Jurors at the inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay were presented this week with hundreds of proposed recommendations to consider.

Homicide ruling recommended in death of First Nations student in Thunder Bay

One night of drinking should not have resulted in the death of an 18-year-old from Keewaywin First Nation, according to her family's lawyer who says her death should be ruled a homicide.

First Nations student deaths inquest in Thunder Bay begins final phase

The inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont., resumes Wednesday with lawyers for each of the parties making closing statements.
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First Nations student survives being thrown in river by attackers, inquest hears

A former student at the First Nations high school in Thunder Bay, Ont. says he was attacked by strangers and thrown in a river in 2008.
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First Nations youth testify at student deaths inquest in Thunder Bay

First Nations youth who testified at an inquest in Thunder Bay on Wednesday underscored the long-lasting impact of residential schools and the power of cultural teachings to bring healing.

Thunder Bay police practices need review, Fort William First Nation chief says

The Chief of Fort William First Nation says he supports a call for a comprehensive review of the way Thunder Bay police investigate the deaths of Indigenous peoples.

Thunder Bay police 'racism' must be rooted out, lawyer says

A formal complaint filed this month against city police in Thunder Bay, Ont., is seeking a comprehensive review of the police service with an eye to eliminating alleged racism.

First Nations students get 30 per cent less funding than other children, economist says

First Nations children living on reserve receive at least 30 per cent less founding for their education as children under provincial jurisdiction, according to the former chief economist with the TD Bank.

First Nations student deaths inquest: 5 things learned from Indigenous Affairs testimony

Some lawyers at a coroner's inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students demonstrated frustration on Wednesday with testimony from a senior Indigenous Affairs official.
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Indigenous Affairs policy blocks funding for indigenous student residence in Thunder Bay, Ont.

The deputy director of the education branch of Indigenous Affairs says the department cannot fund a residence for First Nations students attending high school in Thunder Bay, Ont.
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First Nations student deaths inquest: Public being 'cut out', lawyer says

An Ontario coroner is being accused "suppressing and keeping secret what should be public" at an inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay.
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Throwing food at First Nations youth 'not okay', says Thunder Bay city manager

The City of Thunder Bay, Ont., is working towards solutions to the "deep-rooted practice" of throwing food and racial slurs at indigenous youth in the city, according to testimony at an inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students.

First Nations youth walk to Thunder Bay to honour schoolmates who died

A small group of young people will set out from Sachigo Lake First Nation in northern Ontario on Wednesday to walk about 800 kilometres in honour of First Nations students who died and to attempt to keep others safe.
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First Nations youth less welcome than refugees in Thunder Bay, Ont., MP says

First Nations arriving in Thunder Bay to attend school are made to feel less welcome than refugees or other minorities moving to the northern Ontario city, according to a local MP.

First Nations student deaths inquest adjourns until Feb. 22

The testimony of several witnesses is being delayed at the First Nations student deaths inquest in Thunder Bay, Ont., after three of the five jurors reported feeling unwell this week.

First Nation students suffering from PTSD, school nurse tells inquest

Many First Nation teenagers who leave home to come to Thunder Bay, Ont., for high school are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a high school nurse in the city.

First Nations student deaths inquest: 5 things Nishnawbe Aski Nation wants

Young people from remote First Nations who are attending high school in Thunder Bay, Ont., need more help to stay safe, according to the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

Educator identifies funding gaps for First Nations students in Thunder Bay

Limited funding creates challenges for First Nations schools and their students, the executive director of the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council told jurors on Thursday at the inquest into the deaths of First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont.

First Nations student deaths inquest: 7 things police want

Thunder Bay police outline the recommendations they'd like to see made by jurors at the inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in the northwestern Ontario city.

First Nations student deaths inquest: Is the treaty relevant?

Talking about treaty rights at an inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont., might confuse the jury, according to the presiding coroner.

First Nations student deaths inquest: What we know now

A coroner's inquest in Thunder Bay, Ont., moves on to testimony from expert witnesses on Monday after hearing months of evidence detailing the deaths of seven First Nations students in the city.

First Nations student deaths inquest: Alvin Fiddler wants it to go one step further

The Grand Chief of the Nishnwabe Aski Nation says he wants to add an extra phase to the First Nations student deaths inquest.

Man accused of murder at First Nations student deaths inquest in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A man was accused of murder Wednesday at the inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont., but the man denied the allegations when he was called to testify.

'Lack of urgency' in response to missing First Nations students, child advocate says

The inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont., is drawing attention to the disparities in their treatment compared to non-Indigenous students, according to the Ontario Advocate for Children and Youth.

Death of First Nations teen in Thunder Bay surrounded by mystery, lawyer says

'Big questions' remain about how the body of a First Nations teenager turned up in river three months after the boy was last seen near his boarding home in Thunder Bay, Ont., according to his family's lawyer.

Thunder Bay police monitoring First Nations student deaths inquest, lawyer says

Thunder Bay police are clarifying the status of their investigation into the 2009 death of Kyle Morriseau.

First Nations student deaths inquest: Build schools on reserve, parents say

The parents of a First Nations teenager who died in Thunder Bay, Ont., say they won't allow any of their other children to leave home for high school despite the lack of opportunities at home in Webequie First Nation.
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First Nations student deaths in Thunder Bay inquest raise questions about racism

A "swirling storm" of racism and discrimination is killing indigenous people in Thunder Bay, Ont., says Patty Hajdu, an MP for the northwestern Ontario city and minister for the status of women.

First Nations student deaths inquest adjourns until 2016

The inquest into deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay heard from its final witnesses for 2015 on Thursday. The inquest will resume in the new year.

First Nations student deaths inquest: 'I wanted closure' witness says

A First Nations student who lived in the same boarding home as Kyle Morriseau says he offered to testify at the inquest into Morriseau's death because he wanted closure - but counsel for the coroner told him, he's unlikely to get it.

Death of Norval Morriseau's grandson loss to artistic community, inquest hears

A coroner's inquest in Thunder Bay, Ont. will hear more details Monday about the death of the grandson of acclaimed Canadian painter, Norval Morrisseau.

LCBO could do more to stop teens from getting alcohol, employee says

Liquor stores in Thunder Bay could be doing more to stop adults from supplying alcohol to teens in the city, a LCBO employee said at a coroner's inquest on Tuesday.

First Nations student deaths inquest to hear from family of Kyle Morrisseau

The coroner's inquest into the deaths of First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont., began its examination of the death of Kyle Morrisseau on Wednesday with testimony from the teen's mother.

What a missing and murdered indigenous women inquiry could learn from an inquest in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A coroner's inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont. is providing a glimpse into what needs to be done as part of a national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, Ontario chiefs say.

First Nations student deaths inquest hears tearful testimony about Reggie Bushie

School officials testified Monday, at the inquest into seven First Nations student deaths, about their efforts to find 15-year-old Reggie Bushie after he disappeared in October 2007.

Brother hopes for 'truth, justice' at First Nations student deaths inquest

Head bowed and sniffling, Ricki Strang testified at an inquest this past week about the night he passed out and woke up in the river where his little brother's body was later found. The details are part of an inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont.

'We did not want to let him go,' mom says at First Nations student deaths inquest

The mother of a First Nations student who died while attending high school in Thunder Bay, Ont. says the family didn't want him come to the city.

Help needed for 'wounds being opened' at Thunder Bay inquest, chief says

The Assembly of First Nation's regional chief for Ontario is concerned that people affected by testimony at the First Nations student deaths inquest aren't getting the support they need.
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First Nations student deaths inquest examines death of Reggie Bushie

The mother of Reggie Bushie, whose death started the long road to the First Nation student death inquest in Thunder Bay, is scheduled to testify on Monday.

'I always think of him' says friend of First Nations student who died

In the "frightening" and foreign-feeling city of Thunder Bay, Ont. James Benson says he met a fellow First Nations student, Curran Strang, whose love of people and untimely death became an inspiration for him.

First Nation student deaths inquest examines 2005 death of Curran Strang

The inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont. is examining the second of five of the deaths where a teens' body was found in a river.
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First Nations student deaths inquest 'devastating' for one mother

The mother of one of the seven First Nations students who died in Thunder Bay says attending the inquest into her their deaths was a 'devastating' experience for her.
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First Nation student deaths inquest: 5 things revealed so far

The inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont., begins its fifth week of testimony on Monday with a continued focus on students whose bodies were found in waterways in the city.
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Families 'reliving the past' through First Nations student death inquest

About two dozen people gathered at the Kaministiquia River Heritage River park in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Wednesday night to remember Jethro Anderson. The body of the teen from Kasabonika Lake First Nation was pulled from the river on Remembrance Day 2000.
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Indigenous cases treated by police as 'less than worthy victims,' lawyer says

An inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay is providing a preview of concerns that could be raised at a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, says a lawyer for the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

First Nations student deaths inquest: School support worker testifies

The school support worker for Jethro Anderson testified Thursday at the coroner's inquest into his death. Anderson is one of seven First Nation students whose deaths in Thunder Bay are the subject of the inquest. All had left their remote northern Ontario communities to attend school in the city.

First Nations student deaths inquest: Boarding home parent testifies

The First Nations student deaths inquest is scheduled to hear from a boarding home parent for the first time on Wednesday.

'My heart shattered': mother to testify at First Nations student deaths inquest

The First Nations student deaths inquest resumed Tuesday morning with testimony from Stella Anderson. Her son Jethro was 15-years-old when he died in 2000.

First Nations student deaths inquest looks at river-related deaths in Thunder Bay

The First Nations student deaths inquest turns its focus to the deaths of students whose bodies were found the Kaministiquia or McIntyre Rivers in Thunder Bay.

Ontario's Chief Coroner testifies at First Nations student deaths inquest

Ontario's Chief Coroner is scheduled to testify Friday at the inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont. All of the students came to the city to further their education because they lived in remote First Nations communities, which do not have high schools.

First Nations student recalls 'very scary' experience in Thunder Bay

A young woman from Keewaywin First Nation in northern Ontario has told a coroner's inquest jury she was physically assaulted by police in Thunder Bay when she was taken into custody for drinking when she was 15 years old, and was later shown racially offensive drawings while she was in a holding cell.

First Nations student deaths inquest: on-call support worker testifies

The resources available to help students from remote communities came under scrutiny Wednesday at the inquest examining the deaths of seven young First nations people who came to Thunder Bay to further their education.

First Nations student deaths inquest: Testimony from Robyn Harper's mother

The coroner's inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students, who died after leaving their home communities in northwestern Ontario to attend school in Thunder Bay, resumes Tuesday with testimony from the mother of the only female student in the group.

First Nations student deaths inquest hears stories of racism

The inquest into student deaths among First Nations in Thunder Bay is shedding light on the grim realities facing some young people because of their race.

First Nations student deaths inquest: lawyer reflects on week one

The lawyer for the First Nations families whose children died while attending school in Thunder Bay says she hopes week two of the inquest goes more smoothly.
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'They were made fun of, eggs were thrown at them,' mother says of son's experience in Thunder Bay

First Nations student deaths inquest: 'Help us,' mom pleads

The mother of one of the First Nations students who died while away from home attending high school in Thunder Bay is asking the city to help keep indigenous students safe in the Ontario city.

First Nations student deaths inquest hears from mother of Paul Panacheese

The inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont., heads into its fourth day on Thursday when the jury is expected to hear testimony from one of the students' family members for the first time.
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First Nations student deaths inquest: family member speaks out

The brother of one of the First Nations students whose deaths are the subject of an inquest in Thunder Bay, Ont., says he's disappointed with the focus of the proceedings so far.

First Nations student deaths inquest hears from education authority

On Wednesday, jurors at the inquest looking into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay heard from the head of the education authority which runs the high school that 6 of the 7 students were attending when they died.

First Nations student deaths inquest in Thunder Bay hears arguments about alcohol

The second day of the inquest into the deaths of First Nations students in Thunder Bay had a smoother start than its opening day, but ended on a difficult note with questions about the relationship between alcohol use and some of the deaths.

First Nations student deaths inquest: 5 questions it may answer

An inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students who died while attending school in Thunder Bay, Ont., will hear months of evidence aimed at preventing other youth from dying in similar circumstances.

First Nations student deaths inquest in Thunder Bay off to rocky start

A long-awaited inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students from northern Ontario began on a rough note Monday morning. Proceedings were supposed to begin at 9:30 a.m. but were stalled because there was not enough space in the courtroom to accommodate families.

First Nations student deaths inquest: 7 youths died in 10 years

A joint inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students begins Oct. 5 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.

First Nations student deaths inquest: families look for answers

The families of some of the First Nations students whose deaths will be the subject of an inquest starting Oct. 5 in Thunder Bay, Ont., are expressing their hopes and fears about the process.

Families in First Nations student deaths inquest relieved to have start date

A lawyer for some of the families of young First Nations people who died after coming to Thunder Bay to attend high school says they're relieved, anxious and hopeful now that the date for an inquest has been set.

First Nations student deaths inquest to start Oct. 5

The Chief Coroner for Ontario, Dr. Dirk Huyer, says the inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay will begin Monday, Oct. 5, in the city.