First Nation boy’s death sheds new light on system: Saskatchewan children’s advocate

The Canadian Press
Saskatchewan’s children’s advocate says an inquest has shed new light on the death of a six-year-old boy who was killed by an older child on a First Nation.

Bob Pringle is commenting on the outcome of a coroner’s inquest that finished last week in the death of Lee Bonneau.

The jury released 19 recommendations, which ranged from improving mental health supports to funding a facility for children under 12 with complex needs.

Pringle determined in a report last year that the 10-year-old boy who killed Lee had behavioural issues and probably should not have been in the community unsupervised.

Pringle says school staff, police and community members repeatedly raised concerns about the boy’s behaviour.

He says the inquest made it clear that agencies need to communicate better with each other and social workers are struggling under heavy workloads.


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