Statement from Ontario NDP Indigenous Affairs Critic France Gélinas (MPP Nickel Belt) regarding inquest on First Nations youth deaths
“New Democrats mourn the loss of Jethro Anderson, Curran Strang, Paul Panacheese, Robyn Harper, Reggie Bushie, Kyle Morriseau, and Jordan Wabasse, as we reflect upon the recommendations of the coroner’s inquest into their deaths.
No family should ever have to experience the trauma of losing a loved one in such tragic circumstances. Each and every indigenous youth on all traditional territories, and in every corner of the province, has an equal right to access quality education, and a safe learning environment.
After years of waiting for a public inquest, families finally have some answers, but not all.
Today’s findings shows us that families were right in pressing this government for an inquest to find out what happened to their children.
There are still many questions that have been left unanswered, and we will continue to support families who are looking for answers. It is the least that any parent, any family, that has been through a tragedy like this deserves.
Today’s inquest affects First Nations people, and communities, across the province. They deserve to know this government will support families in their search for answers, and that it will prevent these tragedies from happening again.”