THUNDER BAY – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) has applied to the Chief Coroner of Ontario to have a joint inquest called into the deaths of seven NAN youth who have died under similar circumstances since 2000 while attending school in Thunder Bay.
“For years the families have asked for answers around the deaths of their children, and now NAN has requested that the Chief Coroner commence a joint inquest into the deaths of seven of our youth to help the families and their communities obtain the closure they so rightfully deserve,” stated NAN Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose. “Since the most recent deaths, apprehension and fears have grown across NAN First Nations as to the real cause of these tragedies.”
Earlier this month the one year anniversary for Jordan Waboose, a Webiquie student attending classes at Matawa First Nation here in Thunder Bay, who died after going missing in February 2011 was held.
The CBC Fifth Estate put on a program on missing youth in Thunder Bay exploring the issue.