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A Focus on Police - Indigenous Community Partnerships and Interventions

Side event to the Aboriginal Policy Research Conference

Author(s) : International Centre for the Prevention of Crime

 

On March 11th 2009, ICPC organized an International panel and Networking Session entitled A Focus on Police - Indigenous Community Partnerships and Interventions as a side event to the Aboriginal Policy Research Conference. ICPC’s event included speakers from South Africa and Australia. Approximately 75 people attended the event, with audience members including: representatives from National Aboriginal organizations in Canada, delegations from Norway, South Africa, Thailand and Russia, representatives from UN-Habitat, and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

The International Panel Session noted the importance of working to improve the police service’s understanding of the needs and aspirations of indigenous communities in working towards better outcomes for indigenous peoples in social development, justice and access to quality policing.  While language preservation of indigenous communities is an asset towards positive self identity and community health, those engaged in crime prevention must be able to work through the difficulties that can arise in communication in order to better ensure indigenous community consultation and participation in safety, and appropriately respond to victimization and justice issues.  

Download Background Paper for ICPC Workshops on Aboriginal Policy and Research Conference held at Ottawa (Canada) on March 9th-12th, 2009