(APTN Correspondent Wayne Rivers is covering the Thunder Bay Inquest and sends a wrap on the events of Tuesday October 6)
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The jury examining the deaths of seven First Nation students in Thunder Bay are is travelling to the Dennis Franklin Cromarty high school today.
The school is where six of the seven students who died between 2000 and 2011 attended after leaving their remote First Nations in northern Ontario.
Media were not permitted on the visit.
- There are only 5 communities that have high schools in Northwestern communities – and they only go up to grade 10
- Students get to select where they would like to attend HS. Then a committee tries to get them into a school they want
- 140 students per year attend DCHS. Majority are from remote First Nations
- 11 teachers work at Dennis Franklin Cromarty HS in Thunder Bay.
- School serves 39 FN communities.
- 25 students per year graduate
- Six of the seven families are represented at the inquest. Only Curran Strang’s family is not participating
- 10 organizations have standing at the inquest including the Thunder Bay Police Service, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, the Attorney General for Canada and First Nations Young Peoples Council of the Chiefs of Ontario.
The inquest is expected to go until at least March of 2016.
APTN correspondent Wayne Rivers is covering the inquest.