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 in First Nation communities located on reserves, self-governing First Nations, and 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 CCA’s Board of Governors has approved the assessment and preliminary background research has begun. The chair and expert panel members are being identified with guidance from the CCA’s Scientific Advisory Committee and input from its Member Academies ― the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. It is anticipated the final report will be released in early 2018.


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 previous 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

Under the guidance of the CCA’s Scientific Advisory Committee, a multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral expert panel is being assembled. The expert panel process ensures that an objective, credible, and authoritative response to Public Safety Canada’s question will result.

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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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