The coroner’s inquest into the death of Alyssa George, also known as Alyssa Oleksiuk, continues today.
Her aunt, Margaret Moore, remembers Alyssa as fun loving, and willing to help anyone.
But she also says Alyssa had her problems with substance abuse.
Moore says Alyssa tried to deal with her problems by herself, despite her family reaching out to her and offering help.
One juror commented that Aboriginal people are vastly over represented when it comes to substance abuse and Canada’s prisons.
Moore says while the inquest does bring some closure, it also reminds them of the pain of losing Alyssa.
Ultimately, Moore says they hope the inquest will bring forth recommendations that will prevent a future tragedy such as Alyssa’s.
Alyssa went into medical distress after being arrested by Terrace RCMP, and later died in Vancouver.