Canada Death, disappearance of First Nations teens reignite concern about police practices in Thunder Bay

17:41  18 may  2017
17:41  18 may  2017 Source:   cbc.ca

Fourth indigenous girl dies while in child protection

  Fourth indigenous girl dies while in child protection The death of another indigenous teenage girl from a Thunder Bay group home has intensified demands by First Nations leaders for an inquest into why their children are dying while in child protection.Seventeen-year-old Tammy Keeash failed to make her Saturday night curfew at her Thunder Bay group home. Her body was later discovered on Sunday evening in the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway, according to Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a political organization of 49 northern First Nations.Keeash, who is from North Caribou First Nation about 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, was the fourth NAN child to die while under care in a group home since last October.

Latest Thunder Bay News Headlines. Death , disappearance of First Nations teens reignite concern about police practices in Thunder Bay .

Death , disappearance of First Nations teens reignite concern about police practices in Thunder Bay . St. Joseph's Foundation unveils digital memorial wall read comments. Blackout hits Sioux Lookout and Hudson.

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Chief James Cutfeet says First Nations children should not have to leave their communities for services other Canadians take for granted. © Jody Porter/CBC Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Chief James Cutfeet says First Nations children should not have to leave their communities for services other Canadians take for granted. A pair of sadly familiar tragedies is unfolding this month in Thunder Bay, Ont., where a First Nations girl was found dead in a river and a First Nations boy has been missing for more than a week. 

Tammy Keeash of North Caribou Lake First Nation was found dead in a river in Thunder Bay on May 7. The 17-year-old was living in a group home in the city. She is the sixth Indigenous teen to drown in a Thunder Bay waterway since 2000. 

Fire that killed five on Ontario First Nation started by child, police say

  Fire that killed five on Ontario First Nation started by child, police say Fire that killed five on Ontario First Nation started by child, police say The house fire that claimed the lives of a father and his four children in Oneida Nation of the Thames in southwestern Ontario was started by one of the child victims, police say.“The investigation has determined that a fire was set by one of the now-deceased child occupants,” the OPP said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.The provincial force handled the investigation of the Dec. 14, 2016 fire that killed 43-year-old Kurt Antone along with 7-year-old Keanu, 4-year-old Kenneth, 3-year-old Kance and 3-month-old Kyias.

blog 'michellemoss.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Thunder in the Morning Calm (Pacific Rim Series) eBook.

blog 'diamondhamilton.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Thomas Guide 2004 Metro Monterey Bay : Including Monterey

Josiah Begg, 14, of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug was last seen on May 6 when he was visiting the city — 600 kilometres south of his remote First Nation — for a medical appointment.

"Something more happened to her besides accidental drowning," Keeash's mother, Pearl Slipperjack, told CBC News on Wednesday. "Too many kids have been found in that river over there."

A recent coroner's inquest examined the deaths of seven Indigenous students in Thunder Bay between 2000 and 2011. The bodies of five of those students were found in one of the local rivers. 

The inquest jury could not determine how three of the teens came to be in the water, in part because of shortcomings in the Thunder Bay police investigations. The other two deaths in the river were determined to be "accidental".

Police detonate suspicious package found outside Etobicoke public school

  Police detonate suspicious package found outside Etobicoke public school Toronto police detonated a suspicious package that was discovered at a local school on Sunday night.Police were called to St. Eugene Catholic school in the city's northwest end after reports of three teens playing with a package in the school yard.

no page selected by his death ,” said Stanley Zammit, one of the directors at Paradise Bay Hotel,

Error 404: Page Not Found. Police Arrest Teen in Baby Death .

"The investigation and the co-operation from the police has to improve when we have a missing child," said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. "There have been numerous recommendations and testimonies from the inquest that speaks to this."

Private investigator

A flawed police investigation into the 2015 death of Stacy DeBungee of Rainy River First Nations prompted an ongoing systemic review of the way Thunder Bay police handle investigations into the deaths of Indigenous people. DeBungee was also found dead in a river.

The relationship with police is so fraught that First Nations are looking for funds to hire a private investigator to probe further into Keeash's death.

First Nations are already conducting a search for Begg that is running in parallel to the police search. On Monday, a spokesperson for Begg's family said police were discouraging volunteers from searching the river for the missing teen.

Police pull body from river in Thunder Bay, Ont., during search for missing teen

  Police pull body from river in Thunder Bay, Ont., during search for missing teen Dozens of First Nations people gathered only the edge of the McIntyre River in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Thursday night after a body was pulled from the water during the search for a missing 14-year-old boy. Police could not confirm the identity of the body and would not reveal the gender.The discovery was made during the search for Josiah Begg of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, who disappeared while visiting the city from his remote First Nation on May 6. "We spoke to Josiah's family to let them know we located a body in the water," Thunder Bay police Staff Sgt. Ryan Hughes told CBC News.

This website is temporarily unavailable, please try again later. First Friday cornhole tourney practice .

You have exceeded the allowed page load frequency. Kim Booth: Tackle Gun Ownership to Reduce Theft Concerns , & Police

Police told CBC News on Monday there was no reason to believe Begg had gone in the water. But that's also the day, according to Thunder Bay police Staff Sgt. Ryan Hughes, that Thunder Bay police requested the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police and its underwater recovery unit.

The boat, special equipment and divers were expected to start combing the river on Thursday morning.

"We're doing everything we can," Hughes said. "We're working very well with the family. We meet the family daily, provide them updates, they provide us updates.

"I'm an investigator [and] the people who work with me are investigators," he added. "We're not bringing any of the politics into it."

Meanwhile, First Nations leaders are also growing increasingly concerned about the need for children in their communities to travel far away from home for so many services, including education, foster homes and medical services.

2nd child to die in care

Keeash is the fourth girl from a remote First Nation in Ontario to die in the custody of a child welfare agency since October 2016. She is Slipperjack's second child to die in care. Slipperjack said her 18-month-old son died of mysterious causes after staying in a foster home in 2012.

"We send the kids out to a complete stranger and we don't know how the caregiver is," Slipperjack said, adding her brother killed himself while he was in the care of a child welfare agency.

Begg was staying in the city to access medical care he could not receive at home.

"By continuing to have to leave home for services, residential school days are still in practice," said Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Chief James Cutfeet.

Nearly two weeks after Begg disappeared, his mother, Sunshine Winter, holds out hope that her son will return home.

"He's always making people laugh," Winter said on Wednesday, a faint smile crossing her face before tears threatened again. "That's what I really miss right now.

"I believe I'll see him soon."

Thunder Bay police chief charged with breach of trust .
The OPP say they've charged Thunder Bay Police Chief J.P. Levesque with breach of trust and obstructing justice. Provincial police launched an investigation in January at the request of the RCMP, according to a news release issued by OPP on Tuesday.The investigation was referred to a qualified major case manager with the OPP criminal investigation branch, according to the news release.Levesque, 53, is currently off on medical leave, according to the Thunder Bay Police Services Board.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
This is interesting!