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
Almost one third of reported hate crimes in Canada in 2015 where Indigenous people were the victim occurred in Thunder Bay, Ont., according to new data from Statistics Canada.
The federal agency released its latest report on police-reported hate crime in Canada on Tuesday. In 2015, Thunder Bay had the highest rate of hate crime reported to statisticians by police among the country’s census metropolitan areas with 22.3 per 100,000 people. 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
Police cannot confirm identity, gender of body discovered during search for missing boy, 14
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 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
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