Ontario coroner’s failure to fully investigate death of Sandy Lake boy a ‘dereliction of duty,’ lawyer argues – CBC

Ontario coroner’s failure to fully investigate death of Sandy Lake boy a ‘dereliction of duty,’ lawyer argues – CBC

by ahnationtalk on May 7, 202119 Views

May 07, 2021

Family of Brody Meekis, 4, who died on First Nation in 2014, appeals lawsuit dismissal

The failure of a coroner to fully investigate the death of a four-year-old Indigenous boy was part of a systemic dereliction of duty that ought to face legal scrutiny, Ontario’s top court heard on Thursday.

In submissions to the Court of Appeal, a lawyer for the family of Brody Meekis said it was wrong for a judge to dismiss their lawsuit against the coroner before trial on the grounds he had acted within his discretion.

“It’s an exercise of racist discretion,” Julian Falconer told the court. “The failure of coroners to attend death scenes in remote First Nations communities is a pattern: It is a pattern, respectfully, of dereliction of duty.”

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/coroner-indigenous-boy-death-1.6017775

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