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Yukon appeals court upholds order for inquest into death of Cynthia Blackjack – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 25, 2018101 Views

First Nation alleged systemic discrimination played a role in Blackjack’s death in 2013

Oct 25, 2018

The Court of Appeal of Yukon has upheld a lower court order that an inquest be held into the 2013 death of Carmacks, Yukon, resident Cynthia Blackjack.

Blackjack was 29 years old when she died during an approximately 150 kilometre medevac flight to Whitehorse.

The unanimous decision from three judges on Yukon’s appeal court rejected an appeal by the former chief coroner of the territory, who did not want an inquest.

Wednesday’s judgment from the appeal court noted that in the days leading to her death, Blackjack had been in frequent contact with the Carmacks Health Centre complaining of abdominal pain.

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