Minister Won’t Commit to Calling an Inquest into Deaths of Indigenous Youth

QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario’s Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation needs to do the right thing and call for an inquest into the deaths of four Indigenous youth who were in provincial care, says PC Critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Lisa Thompson.

In question period today, Thompson reiterated the Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s (NAN) and the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies’ (OACAS) call for a coroner’s inquest after a fourth aboriginal youth, Tammy Keeash, went missing from her group home last week.

“Last year the Thunder Bay Inquiry handed down 145 recommendations on how to better support Indigenous youth in care, yet these young people continue to die. Why has the Minister allowed this to continue to happen on his watch?” asked Thompson.

In response to Thompson’s call for an inquest, the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation deferred to the Minister of Children and Youth Services, who gave no indication that an inquest would be called.

“Families and communities are losing loved ones and the best that the Liberals can come up with is ‘stay tuned for details’? It’s unacceptable. They need to take action now, and that means calling for an inquest. Lives are at stake.

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