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Body of girl, 13, found by police in Attawapiskat



(Sheridan Hookimaw, 13, was found dead in Attawapiskat. Instagram)

Jorge Barrera
APTN National News
A 13 year-old girl was recently found dead in the northern Ontario First Nation of Attawapiskat and the family is now waiting for the provincial coroner to determine the cause of death.

Sheridan Hookimaw’s body was found by a Nishnawbe-Aski Police (NAPs) officer while on patrol near an area locally known as “the first rapids” on about Oct. 19, according to a family member.

NAPs spokesperson Sgt. Jackie George said the police service was waiting for a report from the coroner.

“We provided the information to the coroner and the coroner hasn’t released a report yet,” said George.

Attawapiskat is one of the country’s poorest communities. The First Nation is situated near the place where the Attawapiskat River flows into James Bay.

The community has made national headlines over the dire state of its housing. Its former chief Theresa Spence captured Canada’s attention when she began a liquids-only fast during the height of the Idle No More movement between the fall of 2012 and the winter of 2013.

Hookimaw’s home was one of several in the community contaminated after Attawapiskat’s sewage system backed up. The home, which was abandoned, was then burned down by youth, according to a family member.

The young girl was living in over-crowded conditions at a nursing home in the community. She also faced bullying at school and some of it may have been committed by an instructor, according to a family member.

The coroner’s report is expected sometime this month.

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5 Responses to “Body of girl, 13, found by police in Attawapiskat”

  1. sewindian@yahoo.ca'
    tsinoktiio December 10, 2015 at 11:39 pm #

    well with all the money the Chief made up there she could have taken care of her community members better, instead of her and her boyfriend collecting a big salary. That poor girl should be alive and find out who that instructor is and have him or her charged, why don’t other communities know about this? my heart goes out to the families.

    • rmjohnston5@hotmail.com'
      mishkiikwe December 11, 2015 at 1:00 am #

      What part of ‘former chief’ don’t you understand?

      • mandyernest79@hotmail.com'
        mandy December 11, 2015 at 2:56 am #

        Former or not, look at the mess she made of her community. If she really cared it wouldn’t be one of the poorest reserves!

        • rmjohnston5@hotmail.com'
          mishkiikwe December 11, 2015 at 3:45 am #

          I always have to remember to be patient when ppls like you comment on something of which they know nothing about. Perhaps you might read the TRC report when its released next Tuesday! In fact, it should be mandatory for all immigrants and students to learn this and work towards reconciliation. For now, we’ll just agree that you don’t know any better – hoping you’ll learn soon.

    • kerrshanon@hotmail.com'
      Shanon Kerr December 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

      Go ahead an believe all Harper’s lies. You’re ignorant and only education would help that but you obviously have no need to seek the truth.