By affirming racism, the Thunder Bay police report asserts our Indigenous truth – Opinion – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on December 13, 2018174 Views

After two years and too many Indigenous deaths in Thunder Bay, we now know whether systemic racism affects the local police’s relationship with Indigenous peoples in investigations of missing persons and sudden deaths.

A report from the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), entitled “Broken Trust,” has been long-awaited by many in the city. And so, on the morning of its release, we reached out to friends and family. The anticipation was cause for us to hold space for one another. Even when you know the truth, it requires preparation to hear it spoken outside of ourselves. As we held our breaths for this truth to be acknowledged, the heaviness became heavier.

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