The Aboriginal community is important to our local landscape and national identity. Locally, the urban Aboriginal community continues to grow. Many First Nations people (including Treaty 7 members) live in Calgary. Aboriginal people are often reluctant to report crime.
Aboriginal liaison officers
The Aboriginal liaison officer works to improve communication with the Aboriginal community by increasing involvement, educating members, working together with the community and building trust and confidence. There are approximately 45 bands in Alberta and Calgary is located in Treaty 7, the traditional territory of the Blackfoot people. Cultural and traditional customs and practice remain strong and a part of everyday living.
The liaison officer works with several different organizations and programs to promote education and awareness towards current and long standing concerns within the community.
The current Aboriginal liaison officer is Constable Cindy Provost. Constable Provost is a 15-year member of the Calgary Police Service and is also a member of the Piikani First Nation and a part of the Blackfoot Confederacy. Constable Provost is proud to call Calgary a part of the traditional territory of her ancestors and proudly serves as a bridge between the community and the Calgary Police Service.
Programs included in Aboriginal diversity include:
Aboriginal Justice Camp
Aboriginal Justice Camp is an in-depth cultural experience hosted at Hull Child & Family Services campus. It is a 40 hour lecture based course that transitions into experiential learning through drama, field trips and interaction with Elders. There is one full day of immersion with traditional ceremonies and a feast hosted at the residence of Hal Eagle Tail, Tsuu T'ina First Nation. Working together within a team of community Elders, Ceremonialists and resource agencies, participants are introduced to key areas of history, traditional values and current issues found in the Aboriginal community. The camp is help twice annually in May and September and is open to all members of the Service, both sworn and civilian.
Tsuu T’ina - Calgary Police Exchange Program
In this program, sworn officers from Calgary Police Service enter the ranks of Tsuu T’ina Nation Police Service working shiftwork alongside the Nation members. The intention is for Calgary members to experience different types of issues than those usually found in downtown Calgary, where homeless and addictions calls are more common. The Tsuu T’ina Nation experience allows officers to interact with the rest of the family like the grandmothers, uncles and children, while witnessing community gatherings like pow wows, round dances and feasts. It becomes harder to see a certain community only one way after you have shared food and laughed with them. This is the possibility that exists through this program.
Outreach service programs
The liaison officer works with numerous agencies and programs to help promote awareness and healing within the community. This collaboration serves to better educate the Service of current issues as well as provide opportunities to assist the community to author its own healing.
For more information on these programs email the Aboriginal liaison officer at email@example.com or contact by phone at 403-428-8158.