Join the discussion: Co-Development of First Nations Police Services Legislation
From: Public Safety Canada
Current Status: Open
Opened on March 21, 2022 and will close to new input later in Spring, 2022.
New input will be welcomed until the conclusion of the virtual engagement sessions, currently set as late April, but will continue until invitees have had a chance to participate.
The Government of Canada is working on improving policing and community safety services that address the specific needs of First Nations Peoples. We are engaging directly with First Nations to inform the co-development of legislation that recognizes First Nations police services as an essential service.
Join in: how to participate
The Government of Canada's engagement process includes three ways to participate:
- Virtual engagement sessions (by invitation only)
- Online engagement platform (for optimal user experience, we recommend opening the web portal using Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome or Apple Safari)
- Written comments/submissions – Indigenous Policing email address: Input may be sent to IndigenousPolicing-PoliceAutochtones@ps-sp.gc.ca
At the end of the engagement process, a 'What We Have Heard' report will be published to provide an overview of the discussions.
Who is the focus of this engagement
The Government of Canada will engage with:
- First Nations organizations, including women's, youth and 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations;
- First Nations;
- First Nations with modern treaties and self-government agreements;
- First Nations police services; and,
- Provincial and territorial governments.
In December 2021, Public Safety Canada and Indigenous Services Canada hosted three pre-engagement sessions with a small number of First Nations, First Nations police services representatives, provinces and territories and other organizations to seek views on how to engage, as well as the engagement themes and questions. Based on feedback, the revised themes and questions that will be used during the engagement process are as follows:
- Theme 1: First Nations Police Services as Essential Services
- Theme 2: First Nation, provincial/territorial and federal roles in supporting First Nations Police Services
- Theme 3: Funding First Nations police services
The input gathered through this process will be used to inform the co-development of federal First Nations police services legislation.
See the Discussion Guide before you participate
- Indigenous Policing
- First Nations and Inuit Policing Program
- Engaging Indigenous Peoples on Policing and Community Safety
Indigenous Policy Directorate
Public Safety Canada
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