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Oskayak Police Academy

Oskayak is the Cree word for “youth.”

The Oskayak Police Academy was created to help educate Indigenous youth about policing practices, cultural and police protocols, and crime prevention initiatives.

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) and community partners are excited to host the eighth annual Oskayak Police Academy (OPA)!  OPA has been developed through the cooperation and support of the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, the Edmonton Police Foundation, Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund, and TC Energy.

This two-week program is geared toward self-identified Indigenous youth between grades 10 to 12.  OPA helps to build stronger, more resilient youth, and more knowledgeable police officers.  It helps educate Indigenous youth about the EPS, and EPS officers about Indigenous youth, as they participate in shared experiences and learn about practices, protocols, culture, and crime prevention initiatives.

Access the application package here.

OPA participants will:

  • Develop respectful relationships with police officers and community members and organizations.
  • Learn about the police and how police officers work within their communities.
  • Interact with community members and organizations to develop leadership skills that contribute to sustainable relationships with the EPS.
  • Experience traditional Indigenous cultural teachings.

 

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Details

  • July 4 - 14, 2023
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society
  • 11648 - 85 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta


A Free Program for Indigenous Youth

Through the support of the Edmonton Police Foundation and the Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund, the academy is offered free of charge:

  • Transportation costs are covered.
  • Snacks, lunches, and graduation feast are provided.
  • Community and police volunteer supports are available.

Register Now!

Click here to access the Oskayak Police Academy Application Form or to print off the poster. Register now, space is limited!

Questions?

For more information or to apply, place contact Ekta Lakha, Equity and Inclusion Advisor, at oskayakDist@edmontonpolice.ca.