Friday, December 28, 2007

Suspicious Death of an Aboriginal Sctivist

Foul play suspected in death of N.S. aboriginal activist
Canadian Press

December 28, 2007 at 11:55 AM EST

TRURO, N.S. — Police say foul play is suspected in the death of a Nova Scotia aboriginal activist.

But police said Friday the death of Nora Bernard has not yet been classified as a homicide and they are continuing their investigation.

The 72-year-old woman's body was found on the floor of her home following a 911 call early Thursday morning.

Staff Sgt. Randy MacKenzie of the Truro Police Service said the cause and manner of death have not yet been determined, but autopsy results are expected this weekend.

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Family members have said they believe Ms. Bernard died from a heart attack or stroke.

Well-known in the community, Ms. Bernard filed the first class-action lawsuit against the Canadian government on behalf of all residential school children, seeking compensation for loss of language and culture.

Ms. Bernard has been credited for her dedication and determination in the lawsuit. The settlement has about 70,000 potential claimants and could be worth upwards of $5-billion.

Truro police received a call at 2:47 a.m. Thursday about a sudden death at the home.

Forensic investigators were at the home all day on Thursday while a K-9 unit searched the surrounding area.

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