Bear Clan Patrol co-founder offers advice on possible Thunder Bay chapter

“We are non-violent, peaceful warriors going out into the community.”

Willow Fiddler
APTN National News
A First Nations leader in Thunder Bay says more support and protection is needed for its First Nations students and homeless people.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum says she is determined to do just that with the help of the Bear Clan Patrol.

“You can go to certain spots in the city and you will see our homeless people that gather and we also have a high number of students that come to Thunder Bay,” said Achneepineskum.

The Bear Clan were invited to talk to a group of community workers about starting a chapter.

James Favel is one of the founders of the Winnipeg community safety group. It’s been around since the 1990s but recently picked up again after the murder of Tina Fontaine in Winnipeg several years ago.

“We are a community patrol. We are volunteer-driven, community based. We are non-violent, peaceful warriors going out into the community,” said Favel.

 

 

Video Journalist / Thunder Bay

Willow is an Oji-Cree Anishinabe from Sandy Lake First Nation. Her background is in print journalism and she studied multimedia before entering broadcast news . She is passionate about the stories of the Anishinabe in northwestern Ontario, particularly in the remote north.