Safety Concerns to be Raised at Community Forum

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Nan PosterTHUNDER BAY – There have been many concerns recently expressed by Nishnawbe Aski Nation community members regarding the current level of safety of the City of Thunder Bay. These concerns have been heightened by recent events, including the student who was dropped off by police on the outskirts of town, and the assault that took place against a young First Nation woman.

NAN, with the support of the Thunder Bay Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police and the City of Thunder Bay will host a Community Safety Forum. The Forum will provide an update on the current investigations, encourage dialogue on current concerns, and end with a discussion regarding future solutions.

Date:                    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Time:                   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:            Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

Concerns Raised for Community Safety

Anishinabek Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee is asking school boards across Anishinabek Nation territory to ensure that students are not subject to any backlash related to the current national debate on First Nations issues. “Unfortunately, discussions about First Nations rights seem to bring out the worst in some Canadians, and there have been numerous reports of racist commentary and incidents across the country,” said Madahbee, speaking on behalf of 39 member Anishinabek communities in Ontario. “We are seeking the assistance of teachers and school administrators to ensure that First Nations students entrusted to their care are not subject to any bullying or harassment.”

The Grand Council Chief noted that many provincial schools have demonstrated leadership in providing curricula and environments that are more inclusive to First Nations students, and suggested that class discussions on current events could help make prescribed courses of study in Canadian and Native Studies even more relevant.

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