SASKATCHEWAN COALITION AGAINST RACISM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
SCAR Supports the Family of Nadine Machiskinic
The Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism (SCAR) is speaking out to support the family of Nadine Machiskinic who died nine months ago after falling 10 storeys at the Delta Hotel in downtown Regina. The family has raised concern that the Nadine’s death is not being taking seriously and are raising questions about the investigation into her death. The Regina Police Service is reportedly not treating this death as suspicious.
“The injustice in this case is palpable” said Bob Hughes of SCAR. Hughes, a mental health and addictions worker for 30 years, shares the concerns raised by Delores Stevenson, the aunt of Nadine. In a CBC report, Stevenson indicated that she is worried that that her niece’s death is not being taken seriously because she was perceived to be Aboriginal and intoxicated. The injury or death of any person, despite their perceived levels of sobriety or race, is not a factor in delivering care or medical attention.
Accordingly to Stevenson, in the CBC report, she believes that the justice system has given up on her niece’s case. SCAR joins Delores Stevenson in calling for a timely and comprehensive investigation into the death of this 29-year old mother of four. At this time, nine months after her death, the family of Nadine is still awaiting the toxicology report which would allow the coroner to complete the final autopsy report. Without that final report the family is left with only more questions and few answers.
Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism