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Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit investigating death of First Nations man in Thunder Bay police jail

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50-year-old Marlon “Roland” Jerry McKay died in a Thunder Bay police cell Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the family

APTN National news, July 20, 2017

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the death Marlon “Roland” Jerry McKay, 50, who was being held in a Thunder Bay jail cell Wednesday night.

The family has confirmed that McKay, from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, was in the city for medical reasons. Read the rest of this entry

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Coroner calls in outside police force to investigate waterway Thunder Bay deaths of Begg, Keeash

Thunder-Bay crime scene riverAPTN National News,  June 22, 2017

An Ontario regional police force is stepping in to help investigate the deaths of two Indigenous youth found in Thunder Bay’s waterways last month.

The Chief Coroner of Ontario Dirk Huyer has asked York Regional Police Service to step in and work with the Thunder Bay police to investigate the deaths of Josiah Begg, 14, and Tammy Keeash, 17. Begg was found dead in the McIntyre River on May 18 and Keeash was found in the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway on May 7. Read the rest of this entry

Thunder Bay’s Indigenous guardians volunteer to protect their community

‘Angst’ over police in Thunder Bay, Ont., ‘diminishes’ Canada: Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale

Thunder Bay pigPolicing is a provincial and municipal responsibility but feds are ready to step in if asked, Goodale says

CBC News, June 13, 2017

Canada’s Minister of Public Safety says he’s concerned Indigenous people in Thunder Bay, Ont., appear to have lost faith in the city’s police service.

Ralph Goodale said the federal government is willing to respond to a request for help with policing the city, but he said that request must come from the municipality and the province to abide by jurisdictional protocols. 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

Thunder Bay police chief charged with obstruction of justice, breach of trust

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Jean Paul Levesque, chief of the Thunder Bay Police Service.

APTN National News, May 23, 2017

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged Thunder Bay’s police chief with obstruction of justice and breach of trust.

According to a release sent Tuesday afternoon from the OPP, the investigation started in January at the request of the RCMP. Read the rest of this entry

Body of Josiah Begg found in Thunder Bay, Ont. river, family confirms

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Josiah Begg’s family confirmed Friday afternoon that his was the body pulled from the McIntyre River Thursday evening. (Thunder Bay Police Service)

Begg, 14, disappeared while visiting Thunder Bay from his remote First Nation on May 6

CBC News, May 19, 2017

The family of Josiah Begg, the 14-year-old boy who has been missing in Thunder Bay, Ont. for nearly two weeks, says he was the person discovered dead in the McIntyre River on Thursday evening. Read the rest of this entry

Police pull body from river in Thunder Bay, Ont., during search for missing teen

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First Nations people gather at the McIntyre River Thursday night after the discovery of a body during the search for 14-year-old Josiah Begg. (Jody Porter/CBC)

Police cannot confirm identity, gender of body discovered during search for missing boy, 14

Police officer under investigation over Facebook comments back at work in Thunder Bay, Ont.

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Graphic: APTN National News.

Police chief responsible for decision about officer’s return to work, Ontario’s police watchdog says

By Jody Porter, CBC News, December 16, 2016

The suspension is over, but the investigation continues into the conduct of a Thunder Bay police officer who posted offensive comments on Facebook in September.

Thunder Bay police confirmed on Thursday that Const. Rob Steudle returned to work this week, on administrative duties.  Read the rest of this entry

Police act like idiots during training session on missing, murdered Indigenous women

cops-simpsons-1‘What do we do when we’re sending women in to do training on race relations and they feel violated?’

By Jody Porter, CBC News, September 13, 2016

Police officers in Thunder Bay, Ont., are being accused of verbally assaulting a facilitator who was delivering cross-cultural training on Indigenous issues, but a city official says it was all a misunderstanding. Read the rest of this entry