Thunder Bay Inquest: Lena Anderson
On Tuesday November 1, 2016, the Inquest into the death of Lena Anderson will commence in Thunder Bay. Lawyers Julian Falconer and Asha James will serve as counsel to the NAPS Chief of Police and the NAPS Board.
Ms. Anderson died tragically on February 1, 2013, in Kasabonika Lake, when she committed suicide while being held in custody in a police vehicle. Ms. Anderson was being held in the vehicle because the NAPS detachment in Kasabonika Lake did not have a proper working furnace and therefore there was no heat in the building.
This tragic death highlights the severe underfunding faced by NAPS in the provision of policing services to remote Northern communities.
In The News
First Nations woman died by suicide in back of police car, inquest hears CBC, November 1, 2016
Inquest into death of 23-year-old woman begins TBNewsWatch, November 1, 2016
Inquest Date into the Death of Lena Anderson Announced Newsroom Media Advisory, October 5, 2016