by Willow Fiddler, APTN National News, Jan 14, 2019
The Thunder Bay Police Services Board apologized to Indigenous people in the northern Ontario city over the systemic racism in its municipal police force.
It’s the first step in a process to reform how the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) regards, interacts with and treats the city’s large Indigenous population and those from northern communities who attend school or seek medical care in the city. Read the rest of this entry
First Nations chiefs are calling for the resignation of police chief after oversight body finds ‘deficiencies’
APTN National News, September 25, 2017
The body pulled from a Thunder Bay waterway Saturday is an Indigenous man.
The man was found in the city’s Neebing/McIntryre floodway and the death is under investigation by Thunder Bay police and the coroner.
Police said the deceased man, 21, has been identified but say they are withholding the name for the sake of the family and the investigation. Read the rest of this entry
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit investigating death of First Nations man in Thunder Bay police jail
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
APTN 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
Policing 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
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
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
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