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'Apartheid system' of reserves to blame for Innu suicides: Quebec coroner


January 17, 2017

Canada's "apartheid system" of reserves shares some of the blame for a string of suicides that devastated an Innu community on Quebec's North Shore in 2015, a coroner's inquest has found.   

Coroner Bernard Lefrançois was tasked last year by the Quebec government with looking into the deaths of four women and one man over a nine-month period in Uashat-Maliotenam, an Innu reserve near Sept-Îles, Que.

His report, released Saturday, is scathing in its description of the legal regime that governs Indigenous communities in Canada. The coroner said it contributes to the mental health and substance abuse problems that plague Uashat-Maliotenam.


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