NDP MP NIKI ASHTON CALLS FOR AN INQUIRY INTO ABRAHAM DONKEY’S DEATH

 

 

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October 17th, 2018

NDP MP NIKI ASHTON CALLS FOR AN INQUIRY INTO ABRAHAM DONKEY’S DEATH 

Ottawa – Today in Question Period and in a letter to Minister Jane Philpott, MP Niki Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski) called for an inquiry into the death of Abraham Donkey.

Abraham Donkey, a 58 year old northern Manitoban heart patient of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, died during a 10-hour Greyhound bus trip to see a doctor in Winnipeg after being denied a flight. Indigenous Services turned down his family’s requests and refused to send him by plane or with an escort.

“Systemic racism kills. Systemic underfunding kills. Abraham's family is seeking justice and to ensure this never happens again. Will the minister meet with the family and call an inquiry into this inexcusable tragedy?” MP Ashton asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Question Period.

Ten days after getting heart surgery, he needed to travel 900 km to Winnipeg for a follow up. That night Abraham died, alone on the bus. Other passengers heard him take his last breath.

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