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Families look for answers to deaths of 7 aboriginal students in Thunder Bay


Fifteen years ago in Thunder Bay, a two-week search for 15-year-old Jethro Anderson ended with the discovery of the boy’s body in the McIntyre River.

On May 10, 2011, the body of 15-year-old Jordan Wabasse turned up in another river a few kilometres away.

The two drownings bookend a morbid pattern in Thunder Bay. Five other young aboriginals from similar backgrounds died in the city over those 11 years, each death claiming the life of a student who was forced to leave home in a remote Ontario community to pursue high school in the province’s major northwestern hub.


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