Policing in Indigenous Communities

Summary

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.

Public Safety Canada has asked the 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 Sponsor: Public Safety Canada

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?

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Progress Report

The Expert Panel on Policing in Indigenous Communities held its fifth and final panel meeting September 22 to 23 in Ottawa. During this final meeting, the Panel considered the results from the peer review process, polished the report’s conclusions and findings, deliberated on the report’s title, and tasked CCA staff with implementing any changes arising from the meeting in preparation for publication. The Panel will meet via teleconference in December to sign off on the final draft of the report. The report is expected to be released in early 2019.