THUNDER BAY, ON, April 14 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy
Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler will testify at the coroner's inquest into the
tragic deaths of Kashechewan First Nation residents Ricardo Wesley and James
Goodwin in Toronto tomorrow.
DATE: Wednesday April 15, 2009
TIME: Afternoon session
LOCATION: Toronto Coroners Courts
15 Grosvenor Street
Ricardo Wesley and James Goodwin burned to death in a jail fire at the
Kashechewan First Nation police station on January 8, 2006. Kashechewan First
Nation is a remote fly-in community along the west coast of James Bay with a
population of 1,600 people.
Fiddler will participate as a contextual witness and is expected to
provide testimony on policing services, political structure and governance,
social conditions as well as cultural and economic factors faced by the First
After many delays, the inquest resumed in March 2009 with Dr. David Eden
presiding as inquest coroner. The inquest will examine the circumstances
surrounding the deaths and the jury may make recommendations aimed at
preventing deaths in similar circumstances.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation is a political territorial organization
representing 49 First Nation communities within James Bay Treaty 9 and Treaty
5 territory - an area covering two-thirds of the province of Ontario.
For further information:
For further information: Michael Heintzman, Media Relations Officer,
Nishnawbe Aski Nation, (807) 625 4906, (807) 621 2790 (mobile)