Peterborough This Week, By Lance Anderson
John Fox says too many women “are getting killed out there” including his daughter Cheyenne
PETERBOROUGH — John Fox is trying to rally together as many supporters from the Peterborough area he can for a day of action event in Toronto in May.
Mr. Fox, of Curve Lake, the father of the late Cheyenne Fox who died in Toronto in 2013, wants people to gather to shed light on missing and murdered aboriginal women.
“There are too many women getting killed out there and the government is not doing anything,” says Mr. Fox.
He believes his daughter Cheyenne, 20, was such a victim. Although Toronto police deemed her fall from a Toronto condominium building as suicide, he believes there is much more to the story.
He has filed a $14-million lawsuit against the Toronto Police Service and has been dogged in his resolve to get justice for his daughter. He believes Cheyenne was murdered. He also believes his daughter’s death might be connected to an alleged rape that occurred nine months prior.
Mr. Fox has also filed a $1-million lawsuit against Andhuyaun Inc. and a man he believes committed the sexual assault which led to post-traumatic psychological and physical harm. Mr. Fox also alleges Andhuyaun Inc. was reckless in the management of a Toronto women’s shelter where Ms Fox lived.
All allegations have not been proven in court.
“I’m not concerned about the money, but there was an injustice here in the way our family was treated,” says Mr. Fox.
To take it a step further, Mr. Fox even asked the Office of the Chief Coroner to conduct an inquest into Cheyenne’s death. However, last summer, that request was denied based on evidence obtained during the police investigation.
Mr. Fox is now considering appealing the Office of the Chief Coroner’s decision.
“I’m ready for that now. I think the public needs to know,” says Mr. Fox.
In the meantime, Mr. Fox wants to be a champion for the many missing and murdered aboriginal women and children.
He is encouraging people to join him at Allan Gardens in Toronto on May 23 starting with a sunrise ceremony at 7 a.m. At 10 a.m. a sharing circle will be held for people to talk about their loved ones followed by a series of speakers discussing their individual stories at noon.
Mr. Fox says they have chosen Allan Gardens as the place to meet because of the many women who have died there.
— with files from Todd Vandonk