- 24 June, End policing of public space, group urges, TBNewsWatch
- 23 June, Replacing security with ‘anti-racist grandmothers,’ Thunder Bay group seeks alternatives to funding police, CBC News
- 22 June, Event to question security presence at city hall, TBNewsWatch
- 23 April 2021, ‘What’s at stake here is people’s lives’: Activists call for better pandemic response in Thunder Bay, CBC News
- 4 March 2021, Not One More Death optimistic about city’s response, TBNewsWatch
- 2 March 2021, City responds to Not One More Death proposals, TBNewsWatch
- 9 Feb 2021, Thunder Bay city council hears suggestions for isolation space, free bus, shelter beds, CBC News
- 8 Feb 2021, Council seeks advice on Not One More Death recommendations, TBNewsWatch
- 7 Feb 2021, Group calls for 24/7 bus, other steps to prevent more street deaths, TBNewsWatch
- 6 Feb 2021, Perfect storm of extreme cold, the shelter crisis and COVID-19 has people in Thunder Bay looking for solutions, CBC News
- 4 February 2021, At least five people have died in the streets of Thunder Bay since Christmas. Who’s keeping track? CBC News
- 4 November 2020, Racism killed Barbara Kentner, says Thunder Bay group rallying outside trial of man accused of killing her, CBC News
- 4 November 2020, « Le racisme a tué Barbara Kentner », clame un groupe de manifestants à Thunder Bay, Radio-Canada
- 23 September 2020, Anishinaabe elder calls for end to racism, violence in Thunder Bay, Ont., CBC News
- 23 September 2020, Not One More Death speaks out against violence, racism, and death in city, TBayNewswatch
- 4 August 2020, Police violence, racism must stop, say demonstrators who forced meeting with police in Thunder Bay, Ont., CBC News
- 4 August 2020, Protestors fighting police violence against Indigenous people agree to meeting, TBayNewsWatch
Statement of unity
Not One More Death is a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous volunteers. Our work is to hold powerful people and institutions in Thunder Bay to account for actions, policies and practices that enact or enable violence against Indigenous, racialized, poor and other criminalized people in the city. This violence may be direct (including police abuses), indirect (including neglect of people in need), or systemic (poverty, lack of access to needed services).
These forms of violence lead Indigenous, racialized, poor and other criminalized people in Thunder Bay to, on average, die prematurely, which is to say, significantly earlier than the average age for the total population. We refuse to accept these murderous conditions. Every life is precious and complex, and every death is complex. But the forces of direct, indirect, and systemic violence are key in causing the premature deaths of Indigenous, racialized, and poor people.
Our group will not rest until these rates of premature death are reduced and eliminated by abolishing the sources of direct, indirect, and systemic violence. Our role in this effort is to act as an independent, grassroots and uncompromised group holding powerful people and institutions to account. We want to contribute to the conditions for all life to thrive.
- We call for gatherings on or near each solstice and equinox for the community to gather and mourn those who have died prematurely, and celebrate life, love and resistance.
- We lead from a place of compassion and care, but also will not fear naming the real causes of premature death and violence in our community with honesty and courage.
- We educate ourselves and the public about issues of direct, indirect, and systemic violence. We recognize we all need to unlearn harmful ways of being in order to move forward and build something new together.
- We organize protests and campaigns to hold powerful people and institutions to account.
- We hold institutions — including police and prisons — accountable for the racist and colonial violence they enact. We do not accept gestures or claims of rehabilitation without transparency and accountability. We believe this is necessary to work towards real safety in our communities.
- We do not accept funding or enter into agreements of any sort with people and institutions we seek to hold to account. Our independence and autonomy are necessary in order to achieve this.
- We operate as a grassroots, non-hierarchical collective, where all decisions are made in a participatory, democratic fashion.
- We want to experiment with and model the new forms of decolonized relationships. We hope these models will inspire the transformation of society.