2019 Recommendations

THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR: PRINCE ALBERT GRAND COUNCIL MUST OCCUPY THE FIELDS OF POLICING, COURTS & CORRECTIONS
WE MUST ‘DECOLONIZE’ THE CANADIAN COURT SYSTEM AND POLICING. ‘CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE NEEDED’
  • First Nations have an Inherent and Treaty Right to establish their own Court Systems and Police Forces.
  • First Nations have a right to establish their own Constitutions, Legislation, Laws, Standards, Principles, and Practices based on Treaties and Treaty Relationships;
  • First Nations communities and people must be the guiding force in the development of Court systems and Policing;
  • First Nations Elders, Traditional Knowledge Keepers, Women, Traditional Land Users, Hunters, Trappers, Fishers, and Gatherers of Medicines are essential in community development;
  • First Nations Professionals, Experts, University Professors, Technicians, and Educated people in all Sectors and Fields are there to assist First Nations Leaders;
  • First Nations Worldview of Spiritual Interconnectedness and Relationships with Creation is the guiding framework and paradigm that must be used to Shift thinking and the way we do things going forward;
  • First Nations Languages are an essential and critical aspect of professional development for those who work in Courts, Policing, Corrections, Justice, and Outreach;
  • First Nations Traditional Value Systems must be entrenched in the way we think, behave, and develop Justice Systems and Policing;
  • First Nations Laws are entrenched in the Land and within our Ceremonies, Prayers, Songs, Dances, Oral Languages, Symbol Systems, Metaphors, Art, Crafts, and Kinship Systems;
  • First Nations Restorative Justice must replace Eurocentric Adversarial/Punitive Court and Policing System;
  • First Nations Best Practices; We Must Build on Our Strengths; Stop DEFICIT THINKING; We know what the problems and challenges are;
  • First Nations Community-based Research and Evidence-based Practices are essential to development efforts;
GUIDING DOCUMENTS THAT CAN BE USED:
  • Royal Proclamation of 1763;
  • Treaty documents;
  • Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples Report;
  • United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
  • Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action;
  • MMIWG Final Report Recommendations;
  • Justice Inquiry Recommendations & Other Studies;
  • First Nations Policing Policy of 1991;
 GUIDING ELEMENTS FOR DEVELOPING COURTS AND POLICE FORCES:
  • KNOWLEDGE OF SOCIAL, HISTORICAL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, AND CULTURAL REALITIES OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE;
  • HEALING FROM COLONIZATION & RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS;
  • ELDER INVOLVEMENT & KNOWLEDGE KEEPERS;
  • RELATIONSHIP BUILDING;
  • PARTNERSHIPS;
  • CAPACITY BUILDING;
  • CULTURAL SENSITIVITY & ANTI-RACIST TRAINING;
  • UNITED THINKING;
  • WORKING TOGETHER;
  • FUNDING; Long-term, Sustainable and Predictable;
  • POLITICAL COMMITMENT;
  • COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION & ACTION;
  • COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH
  • FIRST NATIONS LEGISLATION, LAWS, STANDARDS, PRACTICES
  • FAMILY INVOLVEMENT;
  • EMPOWERING OUR WOMEN LIFE GIVERS;
  • AN INTENSIVE FOCUS ON YOUTH;
  • HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLE;
  • PREVENTION FOCUS IN COMMUNITIES;
  • LAND-BASED EDUCATION AND EXCURSIONS;
  • HEALING LODGES THAT ARE PROPERLY FUNDED;
  • WORKING WITH POLICE OFFICERS;
  • GLADUE REPORT SUBMISSIONS TO COURTS;
  • MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS IN PRISON SYSTEM;
  • ENHANCE EDUCATION & TRAINING IN PRISON SYSTEM;
  • ENHANCE OUTREACH SERVICES FOR EXITING PRISONERS;
  • IMMEDIATE ACTION: A Focus on Our Youth;
  • SHORT-TERM AND LONG TERM GOALS & ACTION PLANS;
  • TASK FORCES TO ASSIST WITH IMPLEMENTATION;
  • ENFORCEMENT & MONITORING OF ACTION PLANS;
  • GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY & RESPONSIBILITY;
  • GOVERNMENT GOODWILL;
  • ECONOMIC BASE OF FIRST NATIONS;
  • NEW FISCAL RELATIONS;
 POSSIBLE STEPS TO ESTABLISH A FIRST NATIONS POLICE FORCE:
  • Letter of Intent to Federal Minister of Public Safety
  • Letter of Intent to Provincial Minister of Corrections & Policing
  • Letter of Intent to Provincial Justice Minister
  • Community Readiness – Needs Analysis - Feasibility Study
  • PAGC Resolution to Establish First Nations Police Force
  • Develop Working Group – Terms of Reference
  • Partnerships with other Tribal Councils
  • Memorandum of Understanding – Tripartite Agreement
  • Proposal Development – Focus on Several Police Departments
  • Saskatchewan Police Services Act – Funding arrangement
  • Governance – First Nation Police Commission Creation
  • Hire Experienced Chief of Police - Deputy Chief of Police – Inspectors - Sergeants of Detachments – Police Constables
  • Hire First Nations Police Officers that Can Speak the Language
  • Hire Community-Oriented Police Officers
  • Hire First Nations Women – Gender Equality
  • Role of RCMP in the north after establishment of FN Police Force
  • Training - High Quality – University or College
    • Intensive Culturally Sensitive Training
    • On-Going Professional Development of Officers
  • Recruitment (Hire from Other Police Forces) (Laddering)
  • Community Safety Officers – Peacekeepers
  • Youth Cadet Programs – Role Models