Thunder Bay

Facebook racism confronted with 'We Are One' rally in Thunder Bay

A group of students at Confederation College rallied the broader community to stand up against racism in Thunder Bay on Wednesday after a series of offensive Facebook pages popped up in the city.

Confederation College students organize event to stand against online racism

Attendees of an anti-racism rally packed an auditorium at Confederation College in Thunder Bay to confront racist online comments with a silent protest. (Jody Porter/CBC)

A group of students at Confederation College rallied the broader community to stand up against racism in Thunder Bay on Wednesday after a series of offensive Facebook pages popped up in the city.

Ashley Nurmela pitched the idea of a silent 'We Are One' protest to her colleagues in the Native Child and Family Services class last month. The group printed T-shirts and invited others to join the event at noon on Wednesday.

The event comes after Thunder Bay police launched an investigation on March 20 into what police say is "extreme racism" against Aboriginal Peoples in postings on several Facebook pages that appear to originate in the city.

CBC's Jody Porter attended the rally:











 

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