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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

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

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

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

Thunder Bay First Nations student deaths inquest: 7 youths died in 10 years

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)

Inquest, which begins Monday, will be one of the largest in Ontario’s history

by CBC News, Oct 03, 2015

A joint inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students begins Oct. 5 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

All of the students died between 2000 and 2011 while attending high school in the city, hundreds of kilometres away from their remote First Nations where access to education is limited.

Three of them were just 15 years old when their bodies were pulled from a local river. Two other teens are suspected of drowning while two more may have overdosed. The inquest is expected to fully examine the circumstances of their deaths and make recommendations to prevent others.  Read the rest of this entry

Fort William First Nation turns to Guardian Angels for help

Curtis Sliwa is joined by Guardian Angels in Manhattan, NY.

Curtis Sliwa is joined by Guardian Angels in Manhattan, NY.

CBC News, Feb 05, 2015

The chief of the Fort William First Nation says the timing could not be better to welcome the Guardian Angels to her community.

Georjann Morriseau said she was receptive when local chapter head Ian Hodgkinson reached out to her a few months back.

The volunteer foot soldiers made their name in New York City close to 30 years ago but haven’t been received warmly everywhere they go, with critics questioning their effectiveness in reducing crime and accusing them of vigilantism. Read the rest of this entry

10 Missing and murdered Indigenous women from Thunder Bay

Full Moon Memorial Walk in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Full Moon Memorial Walk in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

By Jody Porter, CBC News, Sept 15, 2014

Indigenous women make up about four per cent of the population of Thunder Bay, but account for approximately 15 per cent of the murders in a recent 25-year period.

There is no official list of the number of murdered Indigenous women in Thunder Bay, but the ‘It Starts With Us’ initiative with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network lists nine women murdered in the city since 1987, and one missing woman. Read the rest of this entry