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Nîsohkamâkewin Council

Interested in addressing systemic barriers within practices of policing?

The Nîsohkamâkewin Council seeks to address the inequities and barriers in policing that Indigenous Peoples face. The Edmonton Police Service is committed to work with Indigenous community members to implement various policing focused recommendations compiled from a review of the following reports:

  • Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) Broken Trust,
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC),
  • National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), and the
  • Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP).

This council will rely on the expertise and experiences of the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities in Edmonton. The council’s guiding values are based upon the Anishinaabe understanding of the Seven Grandfather Teachings of Love, Humility, Respect, Honesty, Truth, Courage, and Wisdom. All aspects of the work will be conducted with the understanding of these values. The council will recognize that these values do not speak to all First Nations, Metis, and Inuit cultures and traditions, but represent a foundational and harmonious way of working together.

The Edmonton Police Service is seeking Indigenous identifying individuals for the Nîsohkamâkewin Council who have experience with Indigenous human rights, lived experience, traditional knowledge, and anti-racism work.

Meet Our Current Members

The Nîsohkamâkewin Council is an advisory council consisting of community members; whose voices, opinions and experiences will assist in shaping the policies and practices of the EPS.  During recent community engagement sessions, and throughout past EPS’ engagement initiatives, common themes of transparency and accountability have emerged as fundamental pillars to effective and meaningful change.  Therefore, transparency regarding “who” is advising the EPS is equally as vital as to “what” change the EPS is implementing. 
 
Click here for bios of our current members.
 

Application Process

We are not currently recruiting new members; however, you may send in your resume and letters of interest at any time to nisohkamakewin@edmontonpolice.ca. The letter of interest should express your interest to sit on the Nîsohkamâkewin Council; your lived experiences and perspectives that will complement and strengthen the council; your desire to implement systemic change to policing. 
In an effort to support transparency, all public EPS councils will post names of council members on EPS platforms.