Policing in Indigenous Communities

Public Safety Canada has asked the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) to undertake an expert panel assessment examining the present and future role of police services on reserves, in self-governing First Nations, and in Inuit communities.

The Questions

  • Building on the research study Policing Canada in the 21st Century: New Policing for New Challenges, what could be drawn from the current evidence and knowledge about the present and future role of police services in Indigenous communities in Canada?
  • What are some promising and leading practices in policing that could be applied in Indigenous communities?

Progress Report

The Expert Panel on Policing in Indigenous Communities held their first panel meeting April 20 to 21 in Ottawa. Panel members, made up of experts from across Canada and abroad, met to familiarize themselves with the scope and charge of the assessment, hear from the sponsor, and decide on how best to gather evidence and research in preparation for their next meeting. Over the coming months, the Panel will guide CCA staff in the evidence-gathering process. A report outline and a presentation of the evidence and main themes will be prepared for the Panel’s second meeting, to be held in September 2017. It is anticipated the final report will be released in 2018.

Background

Police services in Indigenous communities may face a series of challenges including remoteness, limited access to social services, and scarce resources. At the same time, there are opportunities to strengthen community ties, improve safety outcomes, and enhance the cultural responsiveness of policing in these communities. This assessment will expand on the CCA’s earlier study, Policing Canada in the 21st Century: New Policing for New Challenges, to explore the distinctive context of policing in Indigenous communities, and examine promising and leading practices that could be applied to meet these challenges.

Expert Panel

The Chair of the Expert Panel on Policing in Indigenous Communities is Kimberly R. Murray, Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Indigenous Justice Division, Ministry of the Attorney General. For a complete list of panel members, visit the Expert Panel page.

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Jérôme Marty, Project Director at 613-567-5000 ext. 231 or jerome.marty@scienceadvice.ca

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Samantha Rae Ayoub, Communications and Publishing Director at 613-567-5000 ext. 256 or samantha.rae@scienceadvice.ca

 

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