Quebec coroner investigating Echaquan death admits that file of Inuk man Sivuak Eliyassialuk slipped through the cracks

Quebec’s chief coroner says their report about Jimmy Sivuak Eliyassialuk, 22, an Inuk man who died while in police custody in Nunavik, sat for more than a year longer than it should have leaving his family in limbo on the specific details of his death.

“It was dropped by everyone in the office, and I tried to find the reason why but have been unable to,” said Chief Coroner Pascale Descary in a French language exclusive interview with APTN News.

In this case, the coroner’s report sat in limbo long after it could have been released and was only made available to the family and public more than three years after his death in 2017.

The coroner’s website describes the average wait time following the death of an individual as 11 to 15 months.

Descary said that a coroner report is allowed to be released to the public after Quebec prosecutors, known in Quebec as the DPCP, decide not to press charges.


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