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City Makes Strong Commitment to Participate in Joint Inquest

May 13, 2013 –City Council agreed tonight to seek standing at the joint inquest into the tragic deaths of seven First Nations youth who died after leaving their home communities to pursue secondary education in Thunder Bay.

The City of Thunder Bay will be seeking standing from the Coroner in order to participate fully and actively in the inquest. A focus for the City will be the presentation of information dealing with City programs and support available to First Nation youth when they moved from their home communities to Thunder Bay for further education.

“The City of Thunder Bay has worked very hard to develop strong relationships with First Nation Communities across Northwestern Ontario over the years,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “The relationship of this municipality with all Aboriginal peoples is a priority and a commitment for this City Council.”

“Our participation in the inquest is very important and reflects the City’s ongoing commitment to build strong and respectful relationships with the Aboriginal community in Thunder Bay and to create a safe and welcoming environment for all residents,” said Tim Commisso, City Manager.

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Contact: Tim Commisso, City Manager, 625-2224