Samwel Uko

Samwel Uko inquest sees 20 recommendations

Jun 3, 2022 | 3:59pm

After four days, 25 witness testimonies, and four hours of deliberation, the jury of the inquest into the death of Samwel Uko gave their recommendations. The 20-year-old from Abbotsford, B.C., died on May 21, 2020, while in Regina visiting his aunt. Uko had sought help at the Regina General Hospital for mental health issues twice. […]

Province delays inquest into death of Samwel Uko

Sep 17, 2021 | 1:14pm

Saskatchewan’s Chief Coroner says the upcoming inquest into the death of Samwel Uko will be delayed. In a release, the postponement is due to the new COVID-19 protocols announced Thursday, adding the decision was reached in consultation with all the parties involved. It adds Uko’s family has been notified of the decision. The inquest is […]

Public inquest into Samwel Uko’s death to be held this month

Sep 3, 2021 | 9:20am

A public inquest in to the death of Samwel Uko will be held later this month. Uko was witnessed entering Wascana Lake and submerging under the water in May of 2020. Earlier that day, Uko was denied medical assistance for his mental health struggles at the Regina General Hospital twice. That led the Saskatchewan Health […]

Samwel Uko remembered one year after his death

May 22, 2021 | 7:29am

Family and friends of Samwel Uko gathered Friday night to commemorate the anniversary of his death at Wascana Lake. The 20-year-old former football player was found dead in the water just hours after seeking help at a Regina Hospital. Family friend Muna De Ciman says Samwel’s preventable death was a result of racial bias and […]

SK Health Authority and SK government being sued by family of Samwel Uko

Oct 16, 2020 | 12:01pm

The Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Saskatchewan government are being sued by the parents of a 20-year-old man who committed suicide earlier in May, hours after being forcibly removed from a Regina hospital. Samwel Uko had been to the General Hospital on the morning of his death after his cousin took him there, but he […]

NDP, Samwel Uko’s family call on government for public inquiry into Sask. suicides

Aug 10, 2020 | 1:01pm

The Saskatchewan NDP has joined the family of Samwel Uko in calling for a public inquiry into the province’s high rates of suicides and an apology from Health Minister Jim Reiter. NDP leader Ryan Meili said not only does Minister Reiter need to accept responsibility on behalf of the government, but a public inquiry is […]

‘I am deeply sorry’: SHA issues public apology to Samwel Uko’s family and friends

Jul 23, 2020 | 3:22pm

The Saskatchewan Health Authority has offered a formal apology to the family and friends of Samwel Uko for the the events that led to his passing on May 21, 2020. On Thursday, SHA CEO Scott Livingstone and Executive Director for Acute Care – Regina John Ash delivered the apology, citing a failure within the organization. “Samwel […]

Saskatchewan Coroner orders inquest into Samwel Uko’s death

Jun 19, 2020 | 11:51am

The Saskatchewan Coroners service will hold an inquest into the death of Samwel Uko. The 20 year-old died after being recovered from Wascana Lake on May 21. Uko was known to have mental illness, and went to hospital twice for treatment the day of his death, but was escorted out of hospital the second time […]

Sask. NDP calling for mental health reform, inquest into Samwel Uko’s death

Jun 18, 2020 | 5:06pm

The Saskatchewan NDP repeated their call for an inquest into the death of Samwel Uko, and for overall mental health reform on Thursday. NDP Leader Ryan Meili says that the government has ignored mental health care for too long. “We have well to many problems when it comes to accessing mental health care in this […]

Man found dead in Wascana lake went to hospital twice for help, called 911

Jun 12, 2020 | 8:00am

The family of a young man says he tried twice to get mental help at a hospital the day he drowned in a lake in Regina — and that he was taken there the second time, just hours before his apparent suicide, by police. Samwel Uko’s relatives are trying to piece together the last moments […]