(ONTARIO) – Chief of Nipissing First Nation has made a public Facebook post regarding what he calls “attacks” that was made on tb news watch last week that he says were made by predominately non-Indigenous people. below is his statement.
“Last week my friend and colleague NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler was attacked on Tbnewswatch by predominantly non-indigenous Thunder Bay residents for voicing his outrage at the treatment a young indigenous female who was strapped to a gurney by TB police officer. She apparently admitted to spitting on a female police officer which was captured on video.
Correct me if I’m wrong but if you are convicted of such an assault or any other assault, is it punishable by being strapped to a gurney and struck repeatedly? Of course not, but this action served up by the TB police officer was also captured on the video. So was Grand Chief overreacting to this incident? Today I woke up to the news of 17-year-old Braiden Jacob and again my heart sank.
Why are there still people arguing whether or not there is a racial problem in Thunder Bay? Sure the details of Braiden’s death are not yet known but you know what is known? From 2000-2018, Jethro Anderson 15 pulled from the Kaministiquia River, Craig Strang 18 found in the McIntyre River, Reggie Bushie 15 pulled from the McIntyre River, Kyle Morriseau 17 found in McIntyre River, Jordan Wabasse 15 pulled from the Kaministiquia River, Stacey Bungee 41 McIntyre River, Christina Gliddly 28 McIntyre River, Tammy Keeash 17 Thunder Bay floodway, Josiah Begg 14 (went missing same night as Tammy Keeash) pulled from the McIntyre River. All Indigenous.
Do you still think Grand Chief was too critical? Do you still think there is no racial problem in Thunder Bay? If so YOU are part of the problem. I stand with Chief Fiddler and am outraged at the lack of concern and effort put out by TB Police, TB citizens and all Canadians who don’t feel this is their problem. Something must change.
My sincerest condolences to the families affected by all of these atrocities.” – Chief of Nipissing First Nation Scott McLeod
Alvin Fiddler responded with “Miigwetch my friend. Your words mean a lot. We will continue to do all we can for our children and youth. If we’re all in this together, we can definitely make positive change. Thanks again.”
Clare Jones responded with “No sorry dont agree. Open your eyes to thunder bay and the several native on native gangs. Be educated before you judge. It is race upon race if you do your research. Is is sad and I wish it would stop but there are so many gangs fighting for status it is going to be a long haul fight”
Joanna-Marie McKay responds with “I said it once I’ll repost it again……Dear: AVIN FIDDLER, You call yourself a leader and yet you do nothing to lead us aboriginal people you pick and choose what you want to argue and taking sides is not a leader by any means. I am so upset with you cause you favour and that isn’t right! Not at all. I hope you see this post I hope you know how your handling this isn’t right by any means you have taken one side and you stand with our people, you are not making anything better you are making a big thing out of nothing essentially. You talk a big talk about leading our people but how you are going about handling all this sends the wrong message. You only choose to stick by our people and refuse to see both parties are in the wrong. Your leading is not right not at all I honestly think you are making things worse by sticking your nose in where it shouldn’t even be. Shame On You”
McKay continues “Alvin Fiddler….. If you wanna call yourself a damn leader…. Start leading OUR aboriginal people Away from addiction & Crime. Instead of addressing small petty s**t.. A Real Leader Would Reconize The Most Important Things Our People Need. That’s what a leader does.”