APTN National News
Thunder Bay is the leading city for hate crimes reported to police in 2015 based on population according to a new report by Statistics Canada Tuesday.
“The rate of police-reported hate crime in Thunder Bay was mostly the result of 10 incidents against Aboriginal populations, which accounted for 29 per cent of the total anti-Aboriginal hate crimes reported in Canada in 2015,” Statistics Canada said.
Across the country in 2015, Stats Canada said there were 35 hate crime incidents against Indigenous people reported to police.
Compared to statistics between 2010 and 2015, the report said violent offences in Canada against Indigenous people accounted for 55 per cent of hate crimes, with assault accounting for nearly 30 per cent of the incidents.
About 60 per cent of the hate crimes were towards Indigenous males and were typically younger victims based on hate crimes against other ethnicities.
Forty per cent reported an injury and 60 per cent said it was inflicted by a stranger.
Indigenous leaders in northwestern Ontario have long said Thunder Bay is in crisis over the treatment of Indigenous people there, including a number youth dying mysteriously in the waterways. Indigenous adults have faced similar outcomes and police have been criticized over their handling of the death investigations.
Thunder Bay police said last week they weren’t facing a crisis, rather challenging times, and said it was “business as usual.”