The Inquest into the Deaths of Seven First Nations Youth began on October 5, 2015, and investigated the deaths of: Jethro Anderson, Reggie Bushie, Robyn Harper, Kyle Morrisseau, Paul Panacheese, Curran Strang, and Jordan Wabasse.

The Inquest concluded on June 28, 2016, when the Jury rendered its verdict. The Jury issued 145 recommendations including 31 directed to the City (among other parties to the Inquest). The Inquest’s main purpose was to prevent future deaths of First Nations youth who must live away from their home communities to attend high school in Thunder Bay.

The recommendations are aimed at improving or implementing programs within the City of Thunder Bay with respect to its physical, social and cultural infrastructure so that everyone coming to Thunder Bay is:

  • treated equitably;
  • included and engaged;
  • safe; and
  • able to access opportunities to succeed.


Please contact the Indigenous Relations Office for copies of past years’ Seven Youth Inquest progress reports. Email:

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