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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

Evidence from First Nation student who survived Thunder Bay river attack resurfaces following eye-witness claim

Thunder Bay youth deaths

A coroner’s inquest was held into the deaths of students (clockwise from top): Jethro Anderson, Curran Strang, Paul Panacheese, Robyn Harper, Reggie Bushie, Kyle Morriseau and Jordan Wabasse. Graphic: APTN

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

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


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.


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