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Probe of Indigenous deaths should extend beyond Thunder Bay, leaders say – Toronto Star

by ahnationtalk on September 13, 201773 Views

At the moment, OIPRD Director Gerry McNeilly said he must concentrate efforts on Thunder Bay

Sept. 12, 2017

All of the northern Ontario cases of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls should be considered for re-examination by the outside provincial police watchdog body, Indigenous leaders say.

On Monday, the Ontario Independent Police Review Director’s (OIPRD) office confirmed they were re-examining nine death investigations of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls that were handled by the Thunder Bay Police Service, dating to the 1990s.

The OIPRD, which operates at an arm’s length from the Ministry of the Attorney General’s office, began investigating the Thunder Bay police last November after complaints by First Nations leaders who say cases involving Indigenous people are often closed and dismissed without proper examination.

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