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Province names geographical features in honour of La Loche shooting victims PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 10:34

La Loche. Photo courtesy of tourismsaskatchewan.com

Two geographical features have been named in honour of two people killed in the January 2016 shootings in La Loche.

Teacher Adam Wood and teacher's aide Marie Janvier died while helping students and colleagues during the shootings at Dene High School.

Janvier Point is located on Saleski Lake, just north of La Loche. Adam Wood Memorial Landing is along a creek, just east of the village.

The GeoMemorial place name nominations received community and government support.

The nominations were brought forward following consultation with the Village of La Loche and the Clearwater River Dene Nation.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 10:41
 
Mother questions coroner's investigation of her son's death PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Monday, 20 November 2017 14:03

Richelle Dubois, Constance Dubois, FSIN Vice-Chief Heather Bear and Pasqua First Nation Chief Matthew T. Peigan discussing the investigation into Haven Dubois' death. Photo by Joel Willick.

A mother, whose teenage son died in Regina, continues to raise concerns on how the chief coroner's office handled his case.

In 2015, Haven Dubois was found dead in a creek in Regina. A coroner's report said the 14-year-old had a severe reaction to marijuana, which they say contributed to his death. Investigators ruled out foul play.

Since that time, Haven's mother, Richelle Dubois, has questioned the investigation and has called on numerous occasions for a coroner's inquest into her son's death. The family renewed those calls on Monday afternoon.

"No mother should have to bury a child," said Haven's grandmother, Constance Dubois. "We saw an inadequate investigation of his death, and it has been a fight to get anything changed."

Haven's family believes his death may have been gang-related, and say when his body was found, there were marks on his face. These marks were not mentioned in the autopsy report.

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and the Pasqua First Nation, to which the Dubois family are members, are joining in questioning the investigation.

"Simply, we are calling for a higher degree of integrity when it comes to the coroner's report surrounding deaths that have been deemed accidental, when it could have been criminal," said FSIN Vice-Chief, Heather Bear. "Let it be known that the coroner's office is being put on notice."

Constance Dubois admits, she isn't optimistic they are going to find the answers they are looking for.

"We just want the process done right," she said.

The coroner's office is currently set for an external review after a jury verdict earlier this month, where a doctor was awarded five million dollars after he was denied a job.

During the trial, there were allegations that the province's chief pathologist made racist remarks related to Indigenous bodies in the morgue.

This is something the province denies, but an external review is set to take place.

"If that's how they are going to treat someone applying for a job, imagine how they treat those who have already died," said Pasqua First Nation Chief, Matthew T. Peigan.

The Dubois family hopes the review will help correct some of what they say are issues with the coroner's office in addressing grieving families.

"The entire process was very confusing and frustrating," said Haven's mother, Richelle Dubois.

Constance Dubois described her experience with the coroner's office as "antagonistic" and "arrogant."

In the end, the Dubois family’s final goal is that Haven's death be ruled as undetermined instead of accidental.

This is the second time the coroner's office has been under review in the past year. The office went under review on how they handled the investigation of Nadine Machisnitic's death at a Regina hotel.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 20 November 2017 14:13
 
Northern debate demanded by Sask. Party leadership candidate PDF Print E-mail
Written by Travis Radke   
Monday, 20 November 2017 13:43

Rob Clarke. Photo courtesy of Rob Clarke.

Rob Clarke, the newest runner Sask. Party leadership race, is calling for a debate in the province's north.

Of the six debates planned for the contest, the event in North Battleford will be the closest to northern communities.

"A northern debate would go a long way in building a fresh start with communities that feel ignored by this party and government," says Clarke. "Northern issues are unique and highly consequential for our province's economic and social landscapes."

La Ronge, Buffalo Narrows and Prince Albert have all been suggested by the former member of parliament as possible locations that would accommodate northern communities.

Four of the six planned debates have already taken place. Debates in Weyburn and Regina are scheduled for November 30 and December 7.

The new leader of the party and the provincial government will be chosen on January 27 of next year.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 20 November 2017 13:49
 
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