The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) is conducting a 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 Peoples.
“Alarming questions have been raised about the way the Thunder Bay Police Service investigates the disappearances and deaths of Indigenous people. Indigenous leaders and community members say that these investigations, and other interactions with police, devalue Indigenous lives, reflect differential treatment and are based on racist attitudes and/or stereotypical preconceptions about the Indigenous community. It is critical that these issues be independently examined through a systemic review, which would enable me to effectively address the issues and make meaningful recommendations for improvement.”
— Gerry McNeilly, Independent Police Review Director
The systemic review will examine the following:
The systemic review will consult and meet with Indigenous leaders and communities. It will also be informed by the findings and recommendations of the coroner’s jury arising out of the deaths of seven Indigenous youths; by the findings of an ongoing OIPRD conduct investigation into the Thunder Bay Police Service’s handling of an investigation into the death of Stacey DeBungee; and by the findings of an ongoing OIPRD investigation into allegations of racist comments posted on the Internet by Thunder Bay Police officers. It will be informed by, and if requested, share its systemic work with the ongoing National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
The OIPRD invites written submissions from individuals and organizations with expertise and interest in the issues and topics that fall within the Terms of Reference for the systemic review. Submissions should include the name of the organization or person delivering the submission, along with reasons for their interest in the issues of the OIPRD’s systemic review of the Thunder Bay Police Service’s practices for policing Indigenous Peoples. The OIPRD requests written submissions by January 31, 2017. Submissions may be emailed to OIPRD@ontario.ca or mailed to:
Office of the Independent Police Review Director
Thunder Bay Police Service Practices for Policing Indigenous Peoples Systemic Review
655 Bay Street, 10th Floor