Statement from Minister of Health and Social Services in response to recommendations from the coroner’s inquest

Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee has issued the following statement:

“Following the conclusion of the coroner’s inquest into the tragic deaths of four members of our community at 405 Alexander, I wish to express my gratitude to everyone who was involved in the diligent – and very difficult – examination of these heartbreaking incidents.

“Thank you to the family members and friends who testified about the loss of their loved ones. My heart goes out to you. I know that you have wonderful memories of your mothers, sisters, aunties and friends that were not part of the evidence presented in the inquest.

“Thank you to the staff and witnesses who testified about their experiences and participated in the inquest.

“And a special thank you to the jury who paid close attention throughout the inquest and provided their thoughtful recommendations to bring forward the change that will help prevent such tragedies from happening again.

“The work carried out in this inquest is essential in our ongoing efforts to protect the most vulnerable among us and help ensure such tragedies are not repeated.

“The Government of Yukon will now begin the process to thoroughly assess the recommendations and will provide an update bringing forward a plan for implementing the actions that will be taken as a result.

“We reaffirm our resolve to address the broader issues of substance use and homelessness that contribute to such crises. We continue to work to enhance our health and social services systems to help prevent future harm and provide a network of support that upholds our community values of compassion and respect.

“Together, we strive to honour the memory of those we have lost by committing to meaningful change that protects and uplifts every member of our community."

 

Media contact 

Laura Seeley
Cabinet Communications
867-332-7627
[email protected]

News release #: 
24-203