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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

Indigenous cases treated by police as ‘less than worthy victims,’ lawyer says

Thunder-Bay-Police-Service-cruiserWoman says her nephew’s disappearance not taken seriously by Thunder Bay, Ont., police

By Jody Porter, CBC News, Nov 7, 2015

An inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont., is providing a preview of concerns that could be raised at a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, says a lawyer for the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

The inquest, one of the largest in Ontario’s history, started on Oct. 5 and is scheduled to run to March 2016.

It’s looking at the deaths of students who died between 2000 and 2011 while attending high school in Thunder Bay. Few remote First Nations in northern Ontario have schools that go beyond Grade 10. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations student recalls ‘very scary’ experience in Thunder Bay

The seven students who have died in Thunder Bay since 2000 are, from top left, Jethro Anderson, 15, Curran Strang, 18, Paul Panacheese, 17, Robyn Harper, 18, Reggie Bushie, 15, Kyle Morriseau, 17, and Jordan Wabasse, 15. (CBC)

The seven students who have died in Thunder Bay since 2000 are, from top left, Jethro Anderson, 15, Curran Strang, 18, Paul Panacheese, 17, Robyn Harper, 18, Reggie Bushie, 15, Kyle Morriseau, 17, and Jordan Wabasse, 15. (CBC)

‘To them we are just savages,’ former student testifies about experiences

By Jody Porter, CBC News, Oct 30, 2015

A young woman from Keewaywin First Nation in northern Ontario told a coroner’s inquest jury on Thursday that she was physically assaulted by police in Thunder Bay when she was taken into custody for drinking when she was 15 years old, and was later shown racially offensive drawings while she was in a holding cell.

Skye Kakekagumick was testifying at the inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students who died while attending school in Thunder Bay. Read the rest of this entry