Aboriginal Legal Services reacts to developments with Project Broken Trust in Thunder Bay

February 15, 2022

In an interview with CBC News, Aboriginal Legal Services outlines its concerns with recent developments with Project Broken Trust in Thunder Bay.

Aboriginal Legal Services has been involved in the First Nations Youth Inquest, aka Seven Fallen Feathers, for many, many years.  We were involved before the inquest was called. Christa Big Canoe and Jonathan Rudin represented six of the seven families at the inquest itself. Since the inquest, Caitlyn Kasper and Jonathan Rudin have been providing yearly report cards on progress on the inquest recommendations. Over the last few years, Caitlyn and Jonathan have also been working with three of the families on the reinvestigations of their loved ones’ deaths through Project Broken Trust.

Project Broken Trust was called after the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPTD) issued its report Broken Trust which outlined the many failings of the Thunder Bay Police Department to investigate the deaths of Indigenous people in that city. 

This latest report from CBC outlines our concerns with the reinvestigation process.

Please note that there is a link in the article to another piece about the death of Romeo Wesley in Cat Lake. The video in that article is quite disturbing.