People have been moving to Calgary from South Asia for a long time, and these unique communities continue to grow. The South Asia liaison officer interacts with Calgarians with cultural roots in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives.
The South Asian Police Advisory Committee (SAPAC) is a community focused partnership of committed representatives and service providers with the Calgary Police Service (CPS), creating awareness of issues affecting Calgary’s South Asian communities and promoting a healthy environment.
The South Asia community liaison is involved in a number of events and groups, including:
- South Asian Canadian Association, Celebrating Multicultural New Year
- Indian Students Association, Annual Charity Ball
- Alberta Family Day ‘n’ Funfest
- Sikh Youth Calgary Langar and Dabar
- Nepalese Community Society Of Calgary, New Year’s Celebration
- Multicultural Night
- Vaisakhi for Canadian Seniors
- Calgary Indoor Cricket Cup
- Shia Ismaili Muslim Community Stampede Breakfast
- Pakistan Canada Association, Eid Celebration
It is hard to discuss the peoples of South Asia without recognizing the importance of religion and language. South Asian religions include but are not limited to Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Islam. South Asia features over 1600 different languages, the most common being Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Gujarati, Sindhi, Tamil, Bengali, Farsi and Pashto.
Calgarians whose cultural roots are South Asian have a broad range of customs and cultural practices. Many have experienced conflict stemming from prejudice. The liaison officer serves these communities by helping new Canadians adjust to the police and law in Canada and increasing cultural awareness among Calgary Police Service personnel.
The South Asia Police Advisory Committee is committed to:
- responding and treating all with respect through dignity, fairness and admiration.
- demonstrating professional excellence by being dedicated, transparent and accountable in our work.
- establishing an environment of trust by creating a safe place to express your opinions and views.
- upholding the highest ethical standards and strive to enhance the community’s confidence through being honest, sincere and transparent.
- being non-judgmental by accepting diverse perspectives and views.
- the safety of the community.
- fostering a healthy environment that promotes teamwork and learning innovations.
- community diversity by respecting and embracing differences.
The South Asia liaison officer provides a vital link between police and South Asian communities with the goal of enhancing communication. The officer also meets with community members to learn more about their religion, customs and culture. The South Asia liaison officer actively participates in cultural events and celebrations.
To contact the South Asia community liaison, please call 403-428-8150.