Indigenous leaders, government officials and police from across Canada are in Winnipeg this week.
They’re gathering for the annual Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police conference.
Deputy Chief of the Winnipeg Police Service Dave Thorne tells 680 CJOB they’re tackling a bunch of topics.
“From policing models to collaborative efforts to deal with some of the social issues faced by the Aboriginal community that can and often does lead to involvement with the criminal justice system.”
Thorne says it’s vital the Aboriginal community take part in identifying both issues and potential solutions with police to move forward.
“We took it upon, police included, to make decisions for the Aboriginal community. There’s that that that what you do for me without me is what you do to me, so it’s vitally important for the Aboriginal leaders to be involved in the discussions.”
Another topic that will be discussed over the three-day conference is sharing what works in some areas and seeing if they can apply elsewhere.
“We can certainly take some aspects of it and ask ourselves, collectively, ‘Can we adopt some or all of this program here?’ And then we track it, monitor and evaluate it, and hopefully have the same results that they have in another jurisdiction.”
The conference runs through Wednesday.