Family walks to remember boy found dead in east Regina creek
Two years after the body of Haven Dubois was pulled from an east Regina creek, family and members of the community walked to honour the boy who died just shy of his 15th birthday.
“(I’m) holding it together. It's rough. It's hard. Today I don't have that much to say,” said Richelle Dubois, Haven’s mother.
The group gathered outside Johnson Collegiate, before walking to the creek in Haven’s memory. There, at the creek, friends and family took part in a short ceremony, ribbon tying and a picnic.
But the walk was about more than just honouring Haven’s life. Dubois said it was also about finding the truth of what happened to her son.
Haven's death was deemed accidental by the coroner's report, with the report stating drug use was a significant contributing factor. In the past, Dubois said the report left her with more questions than answers, and she wants a coroner’s inquest in his death.
“Richelle has spoken and has advocated vigorously for the past two years, raising questions around bullying, potential gang involvement,” said Michelle Stewart, a friend of Dubois. “Some questions are about whether or not there (were) violent circumstances surrounding his death, and that's what we'd like to have more answers to at this time.”
Delores Stevenson also attended the walk. Her niece, Nadine Machiskinic, who died at the Delta Hotel in January of 2015, was the subject of a recent coroner’s inquest. Stevenson said Dubois deserves to know what happened to her son.
“Pursue the answers,” said Stevenson. “Sometimes you may not get those answers, but just (put) it out there and (allow) the public to know that we want answers.”