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Thunder Bay police board apologizes for systemic racism

Thunder Bay pigby 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

‘Neglect of duty’ found in review of Thunder Bay police investigation into death of Indigenous man

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Stacy DeBungee’s body was found in the McIntyre River in Thunder Bay on Oct. 19, 2015. (CBC)

First Nations chiefs are calling for the resignation of police chief after oversight body finds ‘deficiencies’

Brayden Bushby now charged with 2nd degree murder in death of Barbara Kentner

Barbara KEntner. (Willow Fiddler/APTN National News)

Barbara KEntner. (Willow Fiddler/APTN National News)

Charge upgraded from aggravated assault in Thunder Bay court Friday morning

By Matt Prokopchuk, CBC News, Nov 3, 2017

The man charged with throwing a trailer hitch at an Indigenous woman in Thunder Bay, Ont., is now charged with second degree murder.

was originally charged with aggravated assault by Thunder Bay police in February. Barbara Kentner, 34, died in July. Read the rest of this entry

Body pulled from Thunder Bay waterway is a First Nations man


Thunder Bay Police tape off area where body of young Indigenous man was found in river.

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

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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

First Nations woman dies after being hit by trailer hitch thrown from passing car in Thunder Bay, Ont.


Barbara Kentner

Barbara Kentner, 34, was struck in January, police consider changing charge against man, 18

By Jody Porter, CBC News, July 4, 2017

A First Nations woman who was hit by a trailer hitch, thrown from a passing car in Thunder Bay, Ont., last January, has died.

Barbara Kentner, 34, required surgery after being hit in the abdomen by the trailer hitch on Jan. 29. She was released from hospital in time to take part in a walk in her honour on Feb. 5, but later returned to medical care. Read the rest of this entry

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

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