Jury at Moses Beaver inquest backs investment in mental health support at prisons

 By Sharif Hassan THE CANADIAN PRESS The jury at the inquest into the death of Moses Beaver said Thunder Bay, Ont., where the prominent Indigenous artist died by suicide in a jail cell, needs more money to train police and health workers in dealing with mental health cases. The month-long inquest following Beaver’s death in February 2017 focused further attention on Thunder Bay law enforcement, which has faced widespread condemnation over its relations with First Nations, including accusation of systemic discrimination. Jurors largely endorsed the dozens of recommendations put forward earlier this week by lawyers for the artist’s family, the Ontario government and other parties. Overall, they called for strengthening systems for police and others to deal with people experiencing mental distress. One recommendation urged the creation of a mental…

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