First Nations leaders call for Thunder Bay police to disband for failing to serve Indigenous people

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Leaders from several First Nations communities in northwestern Ontario are calling on the province to disband the Thunder Bay Police Service and Thunder Bay Police Board for becoming what they say is a “cold case factory” when it comes to Indigenous deaths. Numerous reports and expert panels have documented Thunder Bay police failures to serve Indigenous people. The police chief and other members of the force are currently facing multiple charges in the wake of three recent deaths.

CBC News has contacted the Thunder Bay Police Service and its oversight board. Neither have issued a formal response at this time.

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Support is available for anyone affected by these reports and the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous people. Immediate emotional assistance and crisis support are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national hotline at 1-844-413-6649.

You can also access, through the government of Canada, health support services such as mental health counselling, community-based support and cultural services, and some travel costs to see elders and traditional healers.

Family members seeking information about a missing or murdered loved one can access Family Information Liaison Units.

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