T3PS Unveils New Vehicle Decal in Honour of MMIWG

T3PS Vehicle Decal Honouring MMIWG

FROM: GENERAL HEADQUARTERS                                             DATE: May 5, 2021

T3PS Unveils New Vehicle Decal in Honour of MMIWG

(Kenora) – Treaty Three Police unveils a new vehicle decal honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. T3PS Spirit of Hope Coordinator Jody Smith lead the project.

“The art piece was created in collaboration with the Grand Council Treaty #3 Women’s council, Elder Howard Copenace and MMIWG family member and advocate, Sharon Johnson.  We’ve had several virtual meetings during the past few months. The designer for the graphic is a Couchiching band member, Fallon Simard who assisted us with bringing together the group’s final ideas.  The group was very cooperative and honoured to assist with creating such a decal for T3PS” says Smith.

“With the male image as an ally of MMIWG, the LGBTQ2 rainbow colours on the drum, this decal is very inclusive” says Chief of Police Kai Liu.

Deputy Chief Jeff Skye adds “When we went into this process we didn’t know where this would lead us. The group demonstrated proper protocols were followed that have been passed down to us from our ancestors. We are also very honoured to work with the GCT#3 women’s council, Elder Howard Copenace and Sharon Johnson.”

“The Treaty #3 Women’s Council is proud to have been a part of this project. We have been working with families of MMIWG for the past 6 years. Addressing MMIWG requires a territory-wide partnership and we’re glad that T3PS wishes to honour and spread awareness in this way” says Anita Collins of the Treaty #3 Women’s Council.

The idea for the decal was brought forward by uniformed T3PS members who wanted to generate discussions about MMIWG.

The unveiling of this decal coincides with the National Day of Awareness for MMIWG which takes place May 5th. The new vehicle decals will appear on T3PS vehicles this year.

The Treaty Three Police Service is a self-administered Policing entity under the First Nations Policing Program in Canada and is responsible for full policing duties spanning 55,000 square miles of the Greater Treaty Three Region in Northwestern Ontario. This includes approximately 20,000 residents in 23 First Nation Communities.

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Contact:

Jody Smith

Spirit of Hope Coordinator

Tel: (807) 407-8719

 A/S/Sgt. Rene Pitremont

Treaty Three Police Service

Tel: (807) 274-1565

Anita Collins

Treaty #3 Women’s Council

Tel: (807) 548-4214

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