Thunder Bay public meeting on police practices the ‘beginning of a discussion’ says First Nation chief – CBC

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Rainy River Chief Jim Leonard says he hopes the ongoing OIPRD review will lead to lasting change

Sep 12, 2017

The chief of Rainy River First Nations says an upcoming public meeting in Thunder Bay, Ont., about police practices as they relate to Indigenous people in the city is a chance to have some meaningful conversations.

“I think it’s the beginning of a discussion,” Jim Leonard told CBC News. “I think people have to talk about problems in Thunder Bay.”

The meeting, scheduled for September 25, is being hosted by the Ontario Independent Police Review Director. It’s part of the police watchdog’s ongoing review of the Thunder Bay Police Service, over allegations of systemic racism.

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