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 signed off on the report in late December. The report, is now in production and will be released this spring.