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