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Inquest into 2015 death of Haven Dubois begins in Regina

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After nine long years of waiting – an inquest into the death of a teen who was found unresponsive in a Regina creek is getting underway.

On Monday morning, a conference room in the Royal Hotel was filled with family, friends and supporters as the inquest into the death Haven Dubois began its first day.

Proceedings were focused on Haven’s mother, Richelle Dubois, whose testimony centered on the day her son died, along with the coroners’ report – which ruled Haven’s death as an accident.

Dubois was given time to talk about her son. She described him as an active 14-year-old – playing many sports like hockey, swimming and skateboarding.

Dubois said he was on a search to find himself and had big plans for the future.

According to Dubois, her son had no health issues and was on no medications.

She said that in the final year of his life, he was feeling pressured to join city gangs but he refused.

Dubois has long claimed that her son was murdered. Over the years, she has repeatedly kept Haven’s story in the headlines throughout her fight to gain more information about her son’s death.

In 2023, Richelle marked the eighth anniversary of Haven’s passing with a march from Regina to Saskatoon.

“Walk for Haven: A March for Justice” was organized in the hopes that a commission of inquiry would be created to look into the incident as well as a special investigation into school negligence contributing to Haven’s death.

The walk also called for a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Men and Boys be established.

The inquest will continue on Tuesday. Proceedings are scheduled to conclude on Friday, May 31st at the Royal Hotel.

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