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July inquest to examine death of First Nations woman who was sent home from nursing station

A coroner’s inquest will be held beginning July 29 into the 2017 death of Ruthann Quequish of Kingfisher Lake First Nation. A coroner’s inquest will be held beginning July 29 into the 2017 death of Ruthann Quequish of Kingfisher Lake First Nation.
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A coroner’s inquest will be held beginning July 29 into the 2017 death of Ruthann Quequish of Kingfisher Lake First Nation.

“Quequish, 31, died on April 1, 2017, at her home after attending the nursing station on multiple occasions in the hours and days preceding her death,” said a news release from Ontario’s Solicitor General.

Dr. Kevin Miller, Regional Supervising Coroner for North Region, Thunder Bay Office, said the inquest is expected to last for 14 days and hear from 20 witnesses.

“The discretionary inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Ms. Quequish’s death,” the release said.

“The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing further deaths.”

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m. July 29 at 189 Red River Rd., Thunder Bay. Dr. Michael Wilson will be the presiding officer. Kate Forget and Carolyn Leach will be the inquest counsel.

Members of the public who wish to view the proceedings can do so live at this link.

For more information about inquests, click here.

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