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2012-05-31 at 17:21

Coroner’s inquest to examine death of seven Aboriginal teens

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The provinces' chief coroner has called a joint inquest into the deaths of seven Aboriginal teens who were attending school in Thunder Bay. 

It's an expansion of the inquest involving Poplar Hill First Nation 15-year-old Reggie Bushie, who was found in the McIntyre River in 2007.

Bushie's pre-inquest hearing has been delayed several times. 

Jordan Wabaase, who was also 15 years old, went missing last year and is also part of the inquest.

Dr. Andrew McCallum, the Chief Coroner for Ontario, 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

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lovewillthink says:
There's a video about this from the Fifth Estate. My heart goes out to all the families connected to this. I am especially interested because my uncle (Ken Berg) who suffered from mental illness went missing a few days before Kyle Maurisseau died, and my uncle was also found dead in the waters of Thunder Bay. I'm not saying there's a connection, but who knows eh? Maybe they were all accidents, but maybe not. I guess that's why they're doing an inquest. I wonder if there have been any other mysterious drownings in Thunder Bay that this inquest is not looking at. It wouldn't be the first time a serial killer targeted vulnerable people, and there certainly is a lot of racism against aboriginals in Thunder Bay.
6/1/2012 12:32:02 AM
ExtremelyConcerned says:
To is extremely troubling how these young ppl died, as well as your uncle, but to say it due to racism? I agree with Mastermind, there are so many variables as to what brought them to their end but to say it's racism, I don't agree. We are a multicultural city in a multicultural world. For so many years that's all we hear is everyone is racist towards aboriginals. I do not know your ethnic background is but I can say this...there certainly is alot of racism against the other ethnic backgrounds in the city by aboriginals. So I think for the time being you should try walking in someone else's shoes for a day and get a taste of the other racists before you start pointing fingers. It's a two way street and every story has two sides to it.
6/1/2012 10:08:44 PM
ExtremelyConcerned says:
Furthermore, I would like your thoughts on (quoting Mastermind) the huge resources, expense, care, worry, dedication and professionalism going into these investigations. If they come back with the wrong answers as to how they died and/or you disagree with them, are they racist because they are telling you what you don't want to hear and possibly non-aboriginals? Alot of ppl are saddened by their deaths - why does it automatically have to be because of racism. There's just as much if not more things done for aboriginals in this city so I would rethink that comment as it is extremely unfair!
6/1/2012 10:18:56 PM
ronibeloski says:
This is lovewillthink. Anyhow, all I did was propose the possibility that a racist serial killer was behind this. I don't think either of you really know much about this unless you are police or a family member. Furthermore, if you are police, police make mistakes and overlook things. That's a fact.

Furthermore, to say this has NOTHING to do with racism is absurd. The challenges these aboriginal youths faced in Thunder Bay is at least partly due to current and historical racism against aboriginals. This argument that somehow other minorities are facing the same problems demonstrates a total ignorance of aboriginal history and of their current third world living standards on reserves. There's a reason for all the substance abuse. Yes, some people manage to avoid that, but its going to take them time as a people to rise back up and downplaying their plight won't help. It will just fuel the racist beliefs that aboriginals are inherently "freeloaders" or "only good at drinking", etc.
6/2/2012 9:36:46 PM
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