The City of Thunder Bay is seeking input to help shape the future of Indigenous Relations in Thunder Bay. Members of the Indigenous community, community partners, service providers, and the general public are asked to get involved as the City plans its way forward.

Community input will be used to help prioritize areas of action such as more Indigenous spaces in the City, increased awareness of Indigenous culture, more responsive City services, additional community supports, and a focus on anti-racism education, in addition to other projects. Feedback from the community will help to set the direction for annual action plans focused on the areas identified in the seven year Indigenous Relations Strategy.

“It takes a community to change a community,” said Tanis Thompson, Manager of Indigenous Relations. “It’s important that public aspirations and concerns are directly reflected in our action plans. This is an opportunity for all voices to be heard as we collectively implement change and build a respectful and inclusive City for everyone “Maamawe” - All Together.”

Until April 17, citizens can get involved by completing an online survey or filling out the survey at various community locations. All surveys will be entered into a draw to win an iPad. Survey pick up & drop off locations include:

  • City Hall Lobby
  • All Branches of the Thunder Bay Public Library
  • Anishnawbe Mushkiki, Community Health & Wellness Aboriginal Access Centre - 1260 Golf Links Road, 3rd Floor

An online idea board also requests comments on what living in a more inclusive city looks like, and community partners are invited to register for upcoming virtual engagement sessions this May. Sessions will discuss the commitments in the Indigenous Relations Strategy and how collectively they can be implemented in Thunder Bay.

The vision of the Indigenous Relation Strategy is to enhance relationships with Indigenous partners and communities, while advancing Indigenous Peoples' inclusion in Thunder Bay through opportunities and growth. Actions of the Indigenous Relations Office are guided by the City of Thunder Bay Anishinaabe Elders Council and local Indigenous community partners.

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Contact:       Tanis Thompson, Manager Indigenous Relations, 620-0072,