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Inquest to investigate death of Cain Wapass in police cell

Cain Wapass died in a cell at the Ahtahkakoop First Nation RCMP Detachment in August 2020.
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Cain Wapass was found unresponsive in his cell on Aug. 26, 2020.

PRINCE ALBERT – A public inquest into the death of 28-year-old Cain Wapass who died in a cell at the Ahtahkakoop First Nation RCMP Detachment will be held in Prince Albert.

Wapass was found unresponsive in his cell on Aug. 26, 2020. Medical personnel responded and pronounced him deceased.

Wapass grew up on Thunderchild First Nation, according to his obituary. He enjoyed drawing, “MacGyvering” to invent sound systems, and working on cars.

His latest job was working in an addictions treatment centre, said his obituary.

“Cain had a heart of gold. He was always willing to help out whenever he could.  He took special care of his late kokom and he showed lots of love for his daughter who was his pride and joy.”

The Coroners Act requires that an inquest be held for anyone who dies while incarcerated, unless the coroner is satisfied that the person’s death was due to natural causes and not preventable.  Inquests establish the medical cause and manner of death and often makes recommendations to prevent similar deaths.

Coroner Wiliam Davern will preside at the inquest that will be held April 17 to 21 at the Coronet Hotel in Prince Albert.

ljoy@glaciermedia.ca

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