Nishnawbe Aski Nation became concerned about the way in which the jury roll had been constituted as a result of information disclosed in the fall of 2008 at an inquest in Kenora. The information obtained in the inquest indicated that Indian and Northern Affairs Canada had ceased providing band electoral lists to the provincial jury centre in 2000 and, as a result, First Nations people were significantly underrepresented in the Kenora jury roll. During the Inquest into the death of Reggie Bushie, Nishnawbe Aski Nation sought a summons to obtain evidence from the Thunder Bay sheriff to determine whether First Nations people were adequately represented on the Thunder Bay jury roll. The Coroner, Eden, dismissed the request for a summons. Nishnawbe Aski Nation sought to judicially review the Coroner’s decision. Lawyers Julian Falconer and Julian Roy of Falconers LLP acted on behalf of Nishnawbe Aski Nation.
News Release: Inquest Hearing Into The Death of Reggie Bushie Announced. July 5, 2011
Mandate of Jury Roll Inquiry. August 11, 2011
NAN Press Release. August 11, 2011
Backgrounder on Jury Roll. August 11, 2011
Ontario Press Release. August 11, 2011
Hansard Transcript. May, 17, 2011
R. v. Wareham Transcript. March 11, 2011