Thunder Bay mayor says he takes ‘offence’ to Ontario human rights commission report, comments – CBC

by ahnationtalk on July 12, 2018134 Views

Ontario Human Rights Commission highlighted racism against Indigenous people in Thunder Bay in annual report

Jul 12, 2018

Thunder Bay’s mayor says he takes “offence” to comments by Ontario’s human rights commission that civic leadership in the northwestern Ontario city has been lacking and hasn’t done enough to combat racism against Indigenous people.

In their 2017-2018 annual report, human rights commissioners highlighted examples of what First Nations people in the city told them during consultation meetings last year. The commissioners’ visit to Thunder Bay coincided with an opinion piece, written by chief commissioner Renu Mandhane, in the city’s daily newspaper that called on citizens to “demand that their leaders address racism head-on.”

Mayor Keith Hobbs acknowledged that racism exists in the city, but bristled at the commissioners’ comments that local leadership hasn’t done its part to fight it.

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