Pulling To­gether in West Van­cou­ver

The Walrus - - A SPECIAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS OF CANADA SUPPLEME -

Over the past sev­eral years, the West Van­cou­ver Po­lice Depart­ment has in­ten­tion­ally deep­ened its re­la­tion­ship with lo­cal Squamish and Tsleil-wau­tuth Na­tions with the help of a 29-foot ca­noe named Ch’ich’iyúy. As part of Pulling To­gether, an an­nual voy­age cre­ated to build cul­tural bridges that lead to more cul­tur­ally sen­si­tive and re­spon­sive polic­ing, po­lice of­fi­cers and First Na­tions youth spend ten days ev­ery sum­mer pad­dling Ch’ich’iyúy as a team. The West Van­cou­ver Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion sup­ported the pur­chase of the ca­noe and the 2017 voy­age. “In or­der to make West Van­cou­ver safe to­day and safer to­mor­row,” says WVPD Con­sta­ble Jeff Wood, “we must har­ness the strength in di­ver­sity of our com­mu­nity.”

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