(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Bear Clan Thunder Bay was on their routine patrols overnight when they had to endure some aggressive behaviour, according to them.
They say there was several cars parked at Chapple’s Park as well as the bridge by Delaney Arena/Golf Course.
The people that were sitting around are alleged by Bear Clan to have had malicious intent and were shouting racial slurs at the group of volunteers that patrol areas of the city, looking for vulnerable people to help.
“We were approached with intimidation and then boxed in and couldn’t leave the area while on patrol (8 witnesses and on camera). Be safe, please don’t go anywhere alone.” Bear Clans statement said.
”We were on our way to check the river and had to drive by the parking lot first. We saw a car parked with its lights on and it sort of followed us and then another car met up with it with the drivers conversing. Then both cars drove up on us as we were parked and the occupants stared us down.” Bear Clan said.
“One car backed up and blocked the road so we couldn’t drive passed and a few people yelled some racial slurs. They eventually drove off after about three minutes. Different story if someone were walking through alone. This was very aggressive and hostile.”
Bear Clan says they are closing their evening shifts but continuing with their midnight shifts until they have the area more thoroughly covered.
Bear Clan is also encouraging people to speak up about their stories, and to always share them with others.
*** UPDATE FROM BEAR CLAN
“A lot of people have asked where the video is. We had a film crew with us last night shooting a documentary and a journalist taking photos. I believe the film will be out in a few months if everyone can wait patiently. Until then avoid that area at all costs.
We did notice the rivers are higher right now and the currents are much faster and it’s very cold with ice chunks. These types of things do run through one’s mind in these situations. This may have been a very different situation for someone walking alone. Please stay safe and avoid the more desolate looking parking lots by the river (Neebing,McIntyre,Kam-Mission Marsh)
We are all equal in those situations as those with privilege who are patrolling lose that very quickly and experience the same oppressions and colonial violence.”
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