Missed opportunities to help teen reconnect with Indigenous culture before death – Toronto Star

Oct. 17, 2022

Devon Freeman inquest hears from panel of Indigenous child well-being experts

Devon Freeman was disconnected from his First Nation and culture, and there were missed opportunities to help the teen reconnect and heal, a panel of Indigenous child welfare experts told an inquest into the 16-year-old’s death.

“There were so many points of intervention in Devon’s life where culture may have made the difference,” Estelle Simard, an Indigenous scholar from Anishinaabe Nation who studies cultural attachment, said Monday.

“Culture is the single most important factor in an Indigenous person’s life,” she said, adding that culture is found in such things as values, language, family, community, the land, medicines and food.

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