In late 2007 the Timmins Police Service contacted several Indigenous Elders and various Indigenous community agencies to begin the process of establishing the Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee. Within only a few short months the Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee came into fruition.
The members of the Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee are volunteers from various Indigenous and non-Indigenous agencies within the city of Timmins. The Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from the following agencies:
Cheryl Macumber (Grandmother – Kunawanimano)
Kristin Murray- Misiway
Mary Boyden- Ontario Native Women’s Association
Ann Iserhoff-Ontario Native Women’s Association
John Gauthier- Chief, Timmins Police Service
Brenda Beaven- Indigenous Liaison, Timmins Police Service
Cathy Longboat- NAN Legal
Shannon Naveau- NAN Legal
Catherine Gull- NAN Legal
Joseph Nakogee- Northern College
Angele Beaudry-Conseil Scolaire Catholique de district des Grandes-Rivières
Elizabeth Innes- District School Board Ontario North East
Tammy Gregoire- Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service
Jessica Paquette- Metis Nation of Ontario
Kristine Arthur- Northeastern Catholic District School Board
Julie Cyr- Wabun Tribal Council
The Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee was established to improve and enhance communication between the Aboriginal community, including local and regional Aboriginal organizations and the Timmins Police Service.
The Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee will assist the Timmins Police Service in developing strategies to bring together the Indigenous community and the Timmins Police Service while enhancing partnerships to ensure a safe and secure community. These partnerships will assist in the Timmins Police Service’s commitment to achieving the highest standards of police service delivery.
The goal of the Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee is to foster a healthy and positive relationship between Indigenous people and the Timmins Police Service in the delivery of law enforcement and effective crime prevention.
The strategies of the Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee is to:
- Liaise with community members and organizations to determine existing problems and assess the needs as perceived by the Indigenous community in the delivery of law enforcement and crime prevention.
- Consult with the Timmins Police Service through its representatives on the problems and needs to achieve solutions.
- Educate community members and police representatives to bridge the cultural gap.
- Provide a forum for ongoing discussion of existing and emerging issues.
For further information or assistance, the Timmins Police Community Liasion Coordinator, Brenda Beaven can be contacted at (705) 264-1201 extension 8220.