Family calls for inquest into suicide of Indigenous teen in government care – CBC

Family calls for inquest into suicide of Indigenous teen in government care – CBC

by ahnationtalk on December 9, 2019159 Views

Devon Freeman’s body was found in a wooded area in April 2018

The circumstances that allowed an Indigenous teenager to take his own life metres from his group home and go undiscovered for months can only be remedied by an inquest from the Ontario coroner, according to a request from the boy’s loved ones.
Devon Freeman’s grandmother and members of the southern Ontario First Nation where he was born said a communication breakdown resulted in a particularly horrifying death for the teen, who died by suicide while under the government’s care.

An official complaint filed to the regional supervising coroner in Hamilton said the 16-year-old was last seen alive in October 2017 near the Hamilton group home where he had spent much of that year. Seven months later, in April 2018, his body was found in a wooded area roughly 35 metres from the home.

The complaint from Pamela Freeman and the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation said communication breakdowns marred the case from beginning to end, with key players being kept in the dark about such crucial details as his mental health history and the length of time he was believed to be missing.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/devon-freeman-1.5389028

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