The Seven
Youth Inquest

The Matawa Education Department provides support and advisory services to Matawa First Nation community schools and Education Authorities that result in school improvements and have a positive impact on the quality of students’ learning.

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Between 2000 and 2011, 7 youths from remote First Nations in northwestern Ontario died while attending high school in Thunder Bay

Tragically, Jordan was only 15 years old when he passed away. The purpose of the Inquest was to determine why these youths died and what can be be done to prevent similar deaths in the future. The Seven Youth Inquest began on October 5, 2015 and ended on June 28, 2016. As a result of the Seven Youth Inquest 145 Jury Recommendations where made, in which 24 were directed to the Matawa Learning Centre. Jordan’s legacy and and the Seven Youth Inquest has resulted in the Matawa Education Department being able to accomplish the following:


Jordan Wabasse
Memorial Awards


Student Care Centre
(to be completed January 2020)


Safe Sobering Site for all Matawa students in Thunder Bay

being able to accomplish the following

An increase in educational opportunities for Matawa students through:

  • Outdoor Education
  • Co-operative Education
  • Distance Education
  • Tutoring for all Matawa students in Thunder Bay

Education Centre which includes the following brand new renovated spaces:

  • General Purpose Classrooms
  • Skilled Trades Workshop
  • Science Lab
  • Learning Kitchen
  • Art Classroom
  • Elder’s Room and Kitchen
  • Mental Health and Counselling Rooms
  • Cultural Workshop
  • Fitness Centre

An increase in helpful programs and services for Matawa students through:

  • On Call Services
  • Elder’s Program
  • Cultural Program
  • Mental Health Program and Services
  • Guidance Counselling
  • Student Support
  • Youth Inquest Officer