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Coroner to probe fires in Indigenous communities – London Free Press
by pmnationtalk onFebruary 8, 201876 Views
February 7, 2018
Ontario’s chief coroner is setting up a panel of experts that will look at dozens of residential fires in Indigenous communities that have killed nearly 60 people in just over a decade – including a father and his four young boys at Oneida Nation of the Thames in December 2016.
Dr. Dirk Huyer says the panel — called the chief coroner’s table — will include coroners, forensic pathologists, fire investigators and members of Ontario’s Indigenous communities.
“We know there is a disproportionate number of fire deaths occurring in Indigenous communities relative to non-Indigenous communities and we really want to understand what we can about it,” Huyer said in an interview.
“This (table) is really drilling down deeply into each of the deaths … to look for systemic issues, trends or patterns.”