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Seven native youth left for high school and never returned: Finally, an inquest


After years of delay, a single inquest will finally investigate the deaths of seven aboriginal youths forced to leave their remote reserves in northern Ontario to attend high school in Thunder Bay, the province’s chief coroner announced Wednesday.

The five-month inquest, called by Dr. Dirk Huyer, will start Oct. 5 after being stalled for three years over a fight to improve aboriginal representation on juries.

Reggie Bushie, Jethro Anderson and Jordan Wabasse, all 15 years old, along with Kyle Morriseau, 17, and Curran Strang, 18, all apparently drowned in the waters leading to Lake Superior, while Paul Panacheese, 21, and Robyn Harper, 18, allegedly died of overdoses.


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