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Thunder Bay police under fire for indigenous deaths - BBC News

13.7.17

Thunder Bay police under fire for indigenous deaths - BBC News: "I want them to be in jail and feel the same kind of pain I've been feeling," she says.

But a number of external reviews of the Thunder Bay Police Service, as well as decades of racially-motivated violence, have left many with considerable doubt.

"At this point in time, we don't have the faith in the Thunder Bay police to be able to conduct a proper investigation and a fair investigation," says Anna Betty Achneepineskum, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief.

Attacks like the one that killed Kentner are all too commonplace in Thunder Bay, says her childhood friend Deanne Hupfield.

The city of about 100,000 is one of the last urban outposts on the way to Ontario's vast north, which is mostly inhabited by indigenous people on reserves.

In 2011, 10% of the city's population had Aboriginal identity, compared to about 4% across the country.

Hupfield says throwing things at indigenous women "is a normal thing here".


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