Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Victoria, BC – Today we recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The work of Truth and Reconciliation requires an ongoing commitment – on this day, during this week and every day. At VicPD, we acknowledge the past and current role of police in enforcing colonial rule over Indigenous people and the continued impact this has on our relationship with Indigenous people in Canada.
We are committed to providing culturally aware services and authentic engagement with Indigenous people. Our work so far includes:
- Relationship building with local first nations, Métis, and Inuit people.
- Indigenous learning activities and education for our officers and staff.
- Trauma informed training for officers.
- Dedicated missing persons investigators (in line with the Calls for Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.)
- A commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion within our organization.
“We are committed to building relationships as a contribution to reconciliation. We have prioritized our engagement with Indigenous nations, urban community members and partners to ensure that it is meaningful and based on trust, respect, and transparency,” says Chief Del Manak.
In August, we welcomed Cst Justin Charlton as our first Cultural Community Officer. Cst. Charlton is Métis and has been with VicPD for 11 years. One of Cst. Charlton’s primary roles is to maintain and build relationships with local indigenous community members as we work toward true reconciliation.
Today, our officers proudly wear orange Victoria Police patches and pins on their uniform as a statement of acknowledgement of the truths of this day, and our ongoing commitment to reconciliation.
Victoria Police Orange Patch
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