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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~ June 3 2020  (LSN)   A demonstration is planned for this Friday in the city of Thunder Bay where more than 500 people are expected to standup against systemic racism.

Statement from Thunder Bay Chief Sylvie Hauth 

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 13:00

Date Published: 2020-06-03

The following statement is from Chief Sylvie Hauth in regards to Friday’s planned Black Lives Matter protest in Thunder Bay.

"It is impossible to be silent when faced with an overwhelming issue that affects all of us. Racism is real and we all have a responsibility to face it and to take real actions to address it. There is no place in this society for violence and racist behaviours. There is no place for silence on this matter.

We stand today and everyday in solidarity with our community and most importantly, with those who experience racism and discrimination in all forms. My commitment to you is to remain transparent and accountable in all that we do as a Police Service. To Serve and Protect are empty words if we don’t make the effort to engage with all groups and communities here in this city. We are committed to continuing our work to build public trust.

The Thunder Bay Police Service respects the rights of all people in this community to have a voice and to be heard. We have reached out to the event organizers and support their goal of making this event a peaceful protest. That line of communication is critical to ensuring everyone’s health and safety and we are very appreciative of the organizers’ efforts in this regard. Our purpose in attending the protest on Friday will be to ensure public safety."

 

Anti-Racism & Respect Advisory Committee Statement on Protests and Black Lives Matter

For Immediate Release – Thunder Bay, ON – June 5 2020

The Anti-Racism & Respect Advisory committee stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the local protest planned today.  Peaceful protests and demonstrations are essential to encourage respectful conversation, educate ourselves and others, bring about change and challenge the status quo.  

It is imperative for the Anti- Racism & Respect Advisory Committee to stand with the racialized communities in our city, country and around the world.  What is happening today to black people in the USA and People of Colour, Indigenous people and all other races and ethnic groups that call Canada and our city home, should not be tolerated.

“Protests are an essential part of changing the fabric of our society.  To be silent is to be complicit; we no longer can be silent when Black and Indigenous peoples are being oppressed,” said Jason Veltri, Chair, Anti-Racism & Respect Advisory Committee.

June 5, 2020
 

NAN STATEMENT ON THUNDER BAY RALLY

 

THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, has issued the following statement in support of a demonstration against racism and injustice to be held in Thunder Bay this afternoon:

“We are outraged at the senseless and vicious murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police. While we are encouraged by the arrest of the four officers involved, we are disheartened that anti-black racism by police continues to result in the loss of black lives.

We strongly condemn the violent responses by police against protesters that the world is witnessing. We support all those who seek to end systemic racism in policing, and those who fight for civil rights, equality, and racial justice. 

Nishnawbe Aski Nation stands in unity against racism and injustice in all of its forms.” 

Today’s rally will be held at 3 p.m. at Waverley Park. It was organized as a show of support following the death of George Floyd, who was tragically killed while in the custody of Minneapolis police last week.

 

Mayor’s Statement to those participating in Friday’s Rally

As we witnessed the tragic event that took the life of George Floyd, we were shaken and  angered.

Racism is an issue that sadly affects all Communities in Canada, including Thunder Bay. We, like other cities, have our challenges and continue to work to do better.  We know that when there is racism in a community, that community can never reach its full potential.

We realize you have the right to be heard and assemble during this time of anger, unrest and sadness. Canadians across the country have been expressing themselves in the peaceful and orderly manner that Canadians have been known for and I am confident that will be the case in our City.

Please be mindful of the sacrifices that have been made by the people and businesses in the City of Thunder Bay in our collective effort to  limit the spread of Covid-19.  If people are going to participate in the rally, I urge you to please do so in a safe manner practicing physical distancing, proper hand washing and the wearing of a mask.

I have met with the Police Chief and the Medical Officer of Health, and I understand that they have been working with organizers for a safe and peaceful protest, with public safety as a top priority.

Stay safe everyone.

Mayor Bill Mauro
June 4, 2020

Thunder Bay District Health Unit

June 4 at 4:52 PM · 

Racism is a Public Health issue. In its many forms, racism profoundly impacts the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. Recent events have been distressing to watch and have once again highlighted the significant disparities in our society. In Canada and in Thunder Bay, we are not immune. At times like these, we understand that people want to express themselves and one way to do that is through peaceful demonstration.

Please be mindful that COVID-19 is still with us. Social media and virtual protests remain the safest way to have your voice heard. If you choose to attend a demonstration in person, we encourage you to take all appropriate measures to reduce the risk of the virus spreading at the event. It is possible to demonstrate safely if everyone takes the appropriate precautions.

Steps to take to keep yourself and others safe:
• Do not attend the event if you have any symptoms or if you feel sick. Stay home and support virtually.
• Spread out. Maintain at least 2m distance from people who are not part of your regular household group.
• Wear a non-medical mask.
• Bring hand sanitizer with you and use frequently.
• Consider alternatives to chanting and shouting to avoid spreading droplets such as signs and noisemakers.
• Stay outside.

We encourage all individuals to be vigilant in monitoring themselves for symptoms for two weeks following the event. If you develop symptoms, please call us and we can help you get tested.

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