OIPRD Extends Submissions to Address Systemic Racism within Thunder Bay Police Service

The systemic review of Ontario’s police watchdog was prompted by complaints that the drowning death of Stacey Debungee in 2015, was too quickly deemed non-criminal by police. Falconers LLP lawyers, Julian Falconer and Meaghan Daniel, represent the DeBungee family and Rainy River First Nations community.

The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) has extended the deadline for submissions to its systemic review of the Thunder Bay Police Service’s practices for policing Indigenous Peoples, and specifically, their policies, practices and attitudes regarding missing person and death investigations involving Indigenous People. The deadline has been extended to April 28, 2017.

Chief Jim Leonard (left) from Rainy River First Nations with Julian Falconer (middle) and Meaghan Daniel (right) of Falconers LLP

In the News

Police developing plan with Ontario Human Rights Commission   TBNewsWatch, February 16, 2017
Police Look To Improve Community Relations   CJUK Thunder Bay, February 15, 2017
City police, human rights commission begin plan on indigenous relations   Chronicle Journal, February 15, 2017
Police watchdog seeks ideas to improve relations between Thunder Bay police, Indigenous people   CBC, January 31, 2017
Independent Police Review Director to visit FWFN   TBNewsWatch, January 31, 2017
OIPRD Director Gerry McNeilly on CBC’s Superior Morning with Lisa Laco   January 31, 2017
Anti-racism strategy shaped in Thunder Bay   Chronicle Journal, November 27, 2016
Ontario government hosts public meeting on combating racism   TBNewsWatch, November 27, 2016
Minister will explore racism in Thunder Bay    Chronicle Journal, November 25, 2016
OHRC Letter November 16, 2016   Thunder Bay Police Service, November 17, 2016
Thunder Bay police pledge ‘organizational change’ in letter to human rights commissioner   CBC, November 17, 2016
Police respond to Ontario Human Rights Commission letter   TBNewsWatch, November 17, 2016
Thunder Bay police board responds to systemic review by Ontario’s police watchdog   CBC, November 14, 2016
Hit Here to Play: “Death In Thunder Bay: No Foul Play”   The Fifth Estate, November 11, 2016
Key witnesses in probe of Indigenous man’s 2015 death not interviewed by police, fifth estate finds   CBC, November 11, 2016
TBP review includes whether officers handled cases in ‘discriminatory way’    National News, November 4, 2016
Ontario police watchdog widens probe of Thunder Bay police   OurWindsor, November 4, 2016
Thunder Bay cops face probe for all missing persons cases   Toronto Star, November 4, 2016
Terms of ReferenceOIPRD to Review Thunder Bay Police Service Practices for Policing Indigenous Peoples   OIPRD, November 3, 2016


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