Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler takes part in a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Jan. 4, 2013. (CP)The inquest is exploring what happened to seven students who died between 2000 and 2011 while living in Thunder Bay in order to go to school. Although the jury's conclusions are not binding, it is hoped any recommendations will be implemented to prevent deaths in similar circumstances. The inquest is expected to highlight systemic challenges for First Nations child welfare and access to education — issues also flagged in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's findings on Canada's residential school legacy. Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett calls the Thunder Bay deaths a "terrible tragedy."
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