Thun­der Bay, First Na­tions leader pledge to fight racism in On­tario city

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

THUN­DER BAY, Ont. — The city of Thun­der Bay, Ont., and First Na­tions lead­ers in the re­gion have signed a pledge to fight racism in the north­ern On­tario com­mu­nity, which has been plagued by ten­sions be­tween In­dige­nous res­i­dents and lo­cal po­lice. The state­ment ac­knowl­edges sys­temic racism ex­ists in Thun­der Bay and says it must be chal­lenged by all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. The state­ment signed by the city, Fort Wil­liam First Na­tion and the Nish­nawbe Aski Na­tion states the need to im­prove safety for In­dige­nous stu­dents at­tend­ing school in Thun­der Bay.

It calls for lead­ers to de­velop an anti-racism cam­paign for the city and in­cludes a prom­ise to work to­gether on short-terms mea­sures to pro­tect stu­dents for the com­ing school year. First Na­tions lead­ers say Thun­der Bay has re­cently seen sev­eral acts of vi­o­lent racism against In­dige­nous peo­ples, in­clud­ing the case of an In­dige­nous woman who died after being struck by a trailer hitch ear­lier this year.

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