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Vigil Planned for Azraya Ackabee-Kokopenace – Netnewsledger

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 201766 Views

20 March 2017

A year later no lessons have been learned by the federal government,’ says Charlie Angus ahead of this week’s Human Rights Tribunal hearing into discrimination in Canada’s Child Welfare system.

KENORA — TREATY 3 – An April 17 vigil has been announced for Azraya Ackabee-Kokopenace, a 14 year old girl from Grassy Narrows First Nation who disappeared from police custody at a Kenora hospital last year, and was found dead two days later, just across the street. Azraya had been apprehended from her home in Grassy Narrows and was living in the care of Child Protection Services at the time of her disappearance.

Despite a requirement for a mandatory Coroner’s inquest in any case involving an in-custody death, Azraya’s parents and her community have received no information from any government agency about when, or if there will be an inquest into their daughter’s death, despite repeated public calls from elected and grassroots leaders.

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