Indige­nous polic­ing coun­cil may be back

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - — Joy­ann Pursaga

The Win­nipeg Po­lice Board’s Indige­nous coun­cil on Polic­ing and Crime Preven­tion has been dis­banded and could re-emerge in a new form.

Coun. Kevin Klein (Charleswood-tuxe­dow­est­wood), who chairs the po­lice board, said the coun­cil is near­ing the end of a three­year term. Klein said a re­view process will now as­sess the coun­cil’s fu­ture role.

“It’s not that we’re go­ing to re­place it. We’re go­ing to re­view it now and see if it has to morph into some­thing else to see if we can make it bet­ter. We want to be able to talk to the mem­bers and see if it was ef­fec­tive enough or if we have to make changes to it to make it more ef­fec­tive,” said Klein.

The board chair said he’d like that re­view to con­sider the idea of hav­ing mem­bers of the coun­cil sit at the ta­ble of pub­lic Win­nipeg Po­lice Board meet­ings.

“It would be nice to see more in­clu­sion right at (that) ta­ble,” said Klein.

The chair said there’s no set time­line to com­plete the re­view of the coun­cil’s role.

The Indige­nous coun­cil on Polic­ing and Crime Preven­tion sparked head­lines last year, af­ter its call to re­place then­po­lice board chair Jeff Browaty was echoed by the full Win­nipeg Po­lice Board.

Browaty came un­der fire af­ter he ar­gued a half­day ed­u­ca­tion ses­sion on res­i­den­tial schools didn’t jus­tify tak­ing cer­tain city staff away from other du­ties. While he apol­o­gized for the com­ments, his state­ments sparked ques­tions over his abil­ity to lead the po­lice board, which aims to rep­re­sent and con­sult with the Indige­nous com­mu­nity.

Browaty re­signed as the board’s chair in Fe­bru­ary 2017.


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