Update: RCMP wrap up investigation into death of Inuk activist Diem Saunders in Labrador

Diem Saunders

Police in Labrador are investigating the death of 29 year old Diem Saunders. Photo: APTN.


The RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador has determined that the sudden death of Diem Saunders was “not criminal in nature.

“An autopsy, completed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, found that no foul play was suspected in the death. There is no risk to public safety,” said the release on Friday.

“RCMP NL expresses sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.”

The Family of Diem Saunders, formerly known as Delilah Saunders, confirmed that RCMP were investigating their death last week.

Saunders, 29, was the sibling of Loretta Saunders who was murdered in Halifax in 2014.

After their sibling’s death, Diem became an advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women and their families. Diem was one of the first to speak at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Diem was also a member of the MMIWG family advisory circle.

A water and land protector, Diem was also part of the fight against the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador and took part in hunger strikes against the project which flooded hundreds of hectares of traditional territory.