First Nations artist dies in Thunder Bay jail | Toronto Star: Moses Amik Beaver, 59, was a Woodlands school artist who was known for his depictions of spirits and animals, painted in vivid colours and outlined in black.
He was found dead in his cell on Monday, said Johnny Yellowhead, chief of the Nibinamik (Summer Beaver) band in northwestern Ontario, in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
Regional coroner Dr. Michael Wilson has confirmed that an inmate died at the jail, but would not confirm that it was Beaver. A post mortem is scheduled for Thursday in Toronto, Wilson said.
Yellowhead said he would like a full public examination into whether Beaver committed suicide, and what might have been done to help him.
He said he didn’t know why Beaver was in custody, but said the artist had been concerned about depression and blackouts.
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