Nishnawbe Aski release safety report
Posted: Jan 26, 2013 2:36 PM ET
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2013 2:34 PM ET
The Nishnawbe Aski Nation has released its report on community safety in Thunder Bay.
It came after a forum the previous week to address concerns of First Nations people.
The safety forum was aimed at addressing concerns about the police investigation into a recent abduction and sexual assault of a First Nations woman, as well as complaints against the Thunder Bay police themselves, for alleged misconduct.
The NAN report makes more than a dozen recommendations.
It suggests Aboriginal representation on the city's new special task force on crime prevention and other efforts to curb crime.
It also stresses the importance of cross-cultural education.
The report expresses concern about the use of social media and its ability to spread unproved allegations.
"Direct NAN community members who have concerns about policing to NAN legal services. This process will help those with concerns follow the complaints process, and discourage using social media to spread unproven allegations, many that police are not aware of", the report states.
It also proposes that media be encouraged "to examine whether materials considered for publication contribute meaningfully to discussion and debate".
NAN says it plans more safety forums in Thunder Bay, but no specific dates are given.
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