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Report submitted to Ottawa highlights police abuse against Indigenous women

Thunder Bay had almost one-third of Canada’s reported anti-Indigenous hate crimes in 2015: StatsCan

Arrest Made in Murder of 20-Year-Old Quinault Tribal Member Jimmy Smith-Kramer

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Jimmy Smith Kramer, 20, was killed when a pickup truck backed into him at a campground next to Donkey Creek near Hoquiam, Wash., May 27, 2017.

King 5 News, May 31, 2017

A 31-year-old Hoquiam man was arrested Tuesday evening in connection to a hit-and-run at a Grays Harbor County campground that killed one man and injured another Saturday. The suspect has been booked into the Grays Harbor County Corrections Facility for second-degree homicide. Read the rest of this entry

Evidence from First Nation student who survived Thunder Bay river attack resurfaces following eye-witness claim

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A coroner’s inquest was held into the deaths of students (clockwise from top): Jethro Anderson, Curran Strang, Paul Panacheese, Robyn Harper, Reggie Bushie, Kyle Morriseau and Jordan Wabasse. Graphic: APTN

by Jorge Berrara, APTN National News, May 31, 2017

His name was never revealed during the coroner’s inquest into the deaths of seven First Nation high school students in Thunder Bay, but his story raised the chilling spectre that something more sinister lurks behind the “epidemic” of tragedies that led First Nation leaders Wednesday to call for an RCMP investigation. Read the rest of this entry

Quinault Nation Responds to Apparent Hate Crime that leaves One Dead, One in Critical Condition

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Last Real Indians, May 28, 2017

TAHOLAH, WA – The Quinault Indian Nation is responding to an apparent hate crime attack on two Quinault tribal members this weekend that killed one and seriously injured another. Read the rest of this entry

Sick, diabetic man says Greyhound bus driver left him stranded on highway

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Barry Spence was kicked off a Greyhound bus because the driver believed he was drunk.

Barry Spence says he was accused of being drunk, told to walk to next town — 200 kilometres away

CBC News, May 29, 2017

A diabetic Manitoba man says he was left stranded at the side of a dark highway, hundreds of kilometres from home, by a Greyhound bus driver.

Barry Spence, 41, travels from his home in Thompson, Man., to Winnipeg every week for dialysis due to kidney failure from Type 2 diabetes. He started feeling sick as he was heading back home on the bus May 20. Read the rest of this entry

Time to acknowledge hate crimes against Indigenous people as reality, says legal expert

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Barbara Kentner, left, was struck by a trailer hitch thrown from a moving car in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Jan. 29. Her sister, Melissa Kentner, right, witnessed the assault and believes it was a hate crime. (Jody Porter/CBC)

Decade-old recommendation to adopt Aboriginal hate crimes strategy in Ontario never adopted

CBC News, Feb 07, 2017

The assault of an Indigenous woman in Thunder Bay, Ont. who was hit by a trailer hitch thrown from a passing car is evidence that the time for governments, and individuals to address hate motivated crimes against Indigenous people in Ontario is long overdue, says one legal expert.  Read the rest of this entry

First Nation shocked by vehement reaction to proposed reserve

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Vandals show their displeasure with a proposed First Nation reserve for York Road, tagging the road near the TimberWest lands sold to the Tlowitsis First Nation for a reservation. / Contributed to Campbell River Mirror

By Kristen Douglas, Campbell River Mirror, April 12, 2016

The Tlowitsis First Nation says it’s “disappointed” by the reaction of Area D residents to its proposal to establish a reservation on York Road.

Thomas Smith, economic development officer with the Tlowitsis, was reacting to ‘No Rez’ messages spray painted on signs marking the proposed development site as well as on the road nearby. Read the rest of this entry

Vans Removes ‘Drunken Indian’ T-Shirt From Shelves After Canadian Petition