Thirteen graduates completed a five-week course on Friday, May 5, 2017 and were awarded Associate Certificates in Community Safety from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).  The course was designed and delivered collaboratively between the JIBC and Kwanlin Dün Department of Justice.

Graduates (L-R) Hailey White (Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation), Rosie Smith (KDFN), John Bunbury (Ta’an Kwäch’än Council), Sheila Ceasar (Liard First Nation), Hank Henry (KDFN), Elias Park (Williams Lake), Susan Burns (KDFN), Michael Carlisle (Whitehorse), Jesse Ryder (KDFN), Cody Park (Williams Lake), Cynthia Taylor (KDFN), Tyler O’Brien (KDFN), Dustin Greenland (Ehdiitat Gwitchin – Aklavik)

During the five weeks of training, the participants developed skills and knowledge in conflict resolution, restorative justice, intergenerational trauma, addictions, suicide prevention, report writing and first aid.

At a ceremony on Friday at Nàkwät’à Kų̀ graduates and their families were congratulated by Councillor Sean Smith, Justice Minister McPhee, MLA for Mountain View Minister Dendys, RCMP Inspector Archie Thompson and Director Kent Highnam from the JIBC.

With this pool of graduates, Kwanlin Dün First Nation is one step closer to implementing its Community Safety Officer Program – a key component to the nation’s broad Community Safety Initiative.

The Community Safety Program is about the community taking responsibility for its safety and well-being. The community safety officers will be visible in the community, a point-of-contact for citizens and a referral agent for the other enforcement agencies like the RCMP and Bylaw.

Details will be provided to citizens and an announcement made when the program is operational later this summer.

Check out the video about the Graduation ceremony on May 5, 2017.

For more information contact the KDFN Department of Justice at (867) 633-7850