In early 2018, our leaders in consultation with local Elders recognized the need for a strategy to help our Service implement the recommendations of several important documents:
- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action
- The City of Calgary White Goose Flying Report
- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
In November 2019, members from across our Service hosted a day of talking circles with Elders, Indigenous community leaders and other stakeholders to identify gaps that need to be addressed to meet the recommendations.
An internal committee of 26 people has also been formed to help implement the changes that are needed.
The overall strategy is still under development and we will have more consultation with the community when public health restrictions allow. However, we have taken the following steps in the meantime:
Recognizing Calgary’s roots:
We have included Indigenous ceremonial practices into our special occasions, in consultation with and under the supervision of local Elders. Smudges and Elder attendance are now part of every new recruit graduation and an honour song has been gifted to us to play at these ceremonies. Elders are also routinely invited to open formal events with a blessing.
Creating a sacred space:
We have created a sacred space at our Westwinds Campus to allow for smudging before meetings or investigative interviews where it is appropriate.
Participating in Indigenous Court:
Calgary Indigenous Court provide a culturally relevant, restorative, and holistic system of justice for Indigenous individuals, including offenders, victims and the community harmed by an offender’s actions.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the team working on our reconciliation roadmap, we want to hear from you.