Canada: The BC Federation of Labour Calls for Policing Alternatives

Indigenous woman with shoulder length hair stands behind microphone, in front of a white wall, with some other meeting attendants behind her.

Several historic resolutions supporting Indigenous rights were considered at this year’s convention. “‘We have to come to terms with the violence that the police have on our people,’ Marjorie Dumont, a BC Teachers’ Federation delegate and a Wet’suwet’en member, told BC Federation of Labour conference attendees on Tuesday.” Reporting for the Tyee, Zak Vescera and […]

Canada: Another justice option for Aboriginal people

The Mitchell Advocate: “An Ontario criminal court exclusively for Indigenous people seeks to avoid jailing people while fostering more accountability and better results than would be seen in everyday criminal court, its proponents say.” “They’re known as Gladue courts or Indigenous People’s courts and are for self-identifying Indigenous adults and youths, including Metis and Inuit […]

Canadian province partners with community organizations to support indigenous youth.

“As part of the Manitoba government’s ongoing efforts to advance reconciliation and healing, and support stronger families and safer communities, the province is partnering with Marymound Inc. on a new youth justice program to provide culturally safe and supportive programming to help reduce the disproportionate number of Indigenous youth in custody and on probation, Premier […]

Alternative response officers become permanent part of Saskatoon Police Service

Five police officers posed across center of image, wearing masks.

Board of Police Commissioners approves recommendation from police service From CBC News: The Alternative Response Unit (ARU) has been a Saskatoon police pilot project for the past year. The Alternative Response Officers (AROs) work with vulnerable people and help them connect with support services. The officers also assist in everything from transporting arrested persons to […]

Abdirahman Abdi

Abdi was 37 years old with a psychiatric disability. An altercation between Abdi and the police began when officers were called to an Ottawa coffee shop over reports of a disturbance. Abdi fled to his apartment building, but was struck by an officer’s baton. Pepper spray was also used to subdue him. Abdi was left […]