They Died Young and Mysteriously — Now We May Finally Know Why
By Rachel Browne October 6, 2015 | 8:55 pm
Five of them — three of whom were 15 years old — are believed to have drowned in the waters running into Lake Superior. Two reportedly died of overdoses.
And now, after years of delays, the families of seven young Aboriginal students who mysteriously died while attending high schools hundreds of miles from their reserves in northern Ontario may finally get at least some answers.
They sat this week in a cramped Thunder Bay courtroom for the launch of a coroner’s inquest — said to be the largest of its kind in Ontario, with testimony expected from 200 witnesses over the next five months.
The inquest was prompted by the deaths of the students who came from remote communities in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN). The deaths occurred…