Media Release: IPCO, OPP, to introduce Indigenous Youth to Public Safety careers
Indigenous Police Chiefs of Ontario
FROM: IPCO Date: August 9, 2022
Indigenous Police Chiefs of Ontario, OPP, to introduce Indigenous Youth to Public Safety careers
(KENORA) Indigenous youth from across Ontario will be traveling to parts of Southern Ontario to explore careers in Public Safety thanks in part to Indigenous Police Chiefs of Ontario (IPCO) and Indigenous Service Canada. Planned visits include the CSIS Headquarters, RCMP Headquarters, Rideau Hall, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian Forces Base, Six Nations Fire Station, University of Waterloo, and OPP Academy. The youth will participate in activities that include search and rescue training, CPR training, flight simulator, anatomy lab, and fire response demonstration.
“We are excited to be providing the youth this excellent opportunity as they consider their future careers. It will be a brand-new experience for them all as this trip is a first of its kind in Ontario. I am hopeful that it will be an annual event,” says Treaty Three Police Service Chief of Police Kai Liu, President of IPCO. “The youth will be accompanied by chaperones from the participating police services and provided with tablets to share their experiences through photos and video. Be sure to keep up to date with their adventures by following the hashtag #ipcoyouthtrip.”
Participating police services include Treaty Three Police Service, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, Six Nations Police Service, United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin Anishnaabe Police, Lac Seul Police Service, and Anishinabek Police Service. Also joining them are additional youth participants courtesy of Ontario Provincial Police and Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service as well as Indigenous Elders to provide cultural support. The majority of the youth participants are from Northern Ontario and between 16-17 years old. The trip will take place from August 14-20, 2022.
This Indigenous youth career initiative is funded by Indigenous Service Canada.
The Indigenous Police Chiefs of Ontario (IPCO) is an organization representing the nine standalone Indigenous Police Services in the province of Ontario servicing a total of 86 Indigenous communities. These include:
- Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service (AMPS)
- Anishinabek Police Service (APS)
- Lac Seul Police Service (LSPS)
- Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS)
- Rama Police Service (RPS)
- Six Nations Police Service (SNPS)
- Treaty Three Police Service (T3PS)
- United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin Anishnaabe Police (UCCM)
- Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service (WTPS)