Towards a Diverse Community of Respect

The City of Thunder Bay is working steadily to be an inclusive, progressive community that respects all citizens. The City’s Anti-Racism Advisory Committee, historic Aboriginal Liaison Strategy, and the respect. Initiative are examples of how the City is working towards its vision to be a connected, healthy, vibrant and strong city with high quality of life for all.

“Last evening’s election results make it very clear, that the views of one of our local Libertarian candidates do not reflect the values of this community,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “The City of Thunder Bay rejects her damaging statements, and has no tolerance for racism or hate-biased attitudes.”

“The full-page campaign ad that appeared earlier this week with the quite frankly appalling statements, is an example of the need for important work like the Aboriginal Liaison Strategy and the Walk a Mile Film Project,” said John Hannam, City Clerk and Manager of the Aboriginal Liaison Strategy Office. “It also brought to light the question of, ‘where is that line the publishers of the ad believe was not crossed?’”

“I would say we are working to make the world a better place,” said Amina Anita Abu-Bakare, chair of the Anti-Racism Advisory Committee. “One that is a peaceful world where we are trying to right the wrongs of the past one person at a time, so our children and grandchildren can live in a fair, equal and just Province of Ontario and the world.”

The City was joined by Northern Superior Regional Grand Chief Peter Collins, Grand Chief Nishnawbe Aski Nation Harvey Yesno, Deputy Grand Chief Nishnawbe Aski Nation Alvin Fiddler and Fort William First Nation Chief Georjann Morriseau.