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Labrador RCMP concludes death of Inuit activist Diem Saunders is not criminal


HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NL – Labrador Police said the death last week of Inuit activist Diem Saunders, formerly Delilah Saunders, was not suspicious.

RCMP said the investigation into a sudden death last Tuesday in Happy Valley-Goose Bay concluded that nothing criminal had happened.

Family members have confirmed that Diem Saunders is under investigation.

Saunders, 29, was the brother or sister of Loretta Saunders, who was murdered in Halifax in 2014.

Diem Saunders is remembered as a strong advocate for Indigenous women and Indigenous land rights in Labrador.

Saunders won an Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2017 for his work advocating for Indigenous rights in Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 13, 2021.

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