More Indigenous led services for youth needed to prevent deaths, inquest hears
More Indigenous led services for youth needed to prevent deaths, inquest hears

By Tyler Griffin THE CANADIAN PRESS Ontario should establish more Indigenous-led and culturally appropriate services for youth in crisis to prevent tragedies similar to the death of an Indigenous teen who went missing from a group home, a lawyer representing his grandmother argued Wednesday. During closing arguments at the coroner’s inquest into Devon Freeman’s death, Justin Safayeni said there’s a need for more funding from the provincial and federal governments to better support off-reserve Indigenous children and their families. Safayeni said a recurring theme in the inquest is “the importance of a youth’s Indigenous culture, and how important a cultural connection and an Indigenous wellness lens can be to helping a young person overcome struggles and challenges like what Devon was going through in his life.” “There’s just no substitute

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