The Edmonton Police Service is forming a new Indigenous advisory council and is seeking community members to work together on systemic changes to policing.
The Edmonton Police Service and Edmonton's Indigenous community working together to foster a climate of safety, security, trust and mutual respect.
In collaboration with Edmonton Police Service, the Nîsohkamâkewin Council endeavours to assist the Edmonton Police Service in the development of Indigenous best practices and procedures in 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)
- Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP)
This council will rely on the expertise and experiences of the First Nations, Métis, 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, Métis, 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 new Nîsohkamâkewin Council who have experience with Indigenous human rights, lived experience, traditional knowledge, and anti-racism work.
Please send a letter of interest expressing your interest to sit on the Nîsohkamâkewin Council with your lived experiences and perspectives that will complement and strengthen the council, and your desire to implement systemic change to policing.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel consisting of the EPS Indigenous Equity Advisor, a local Indigenous Elder, and an Indigenous community leader.
Interested applicants can direct questions and letters of interest to Andrea Levey, EPS Indigenous Equity Advisor, at Nisohkamakewin@edmontonpolice.ca.
The deadline for applications is January 31, 2021.