The new Public Security Indigenous Advisory Group, composed of leaders from Indigenous communities and organizations, will play a central role in developing solutions and strategies to improve public safety in Indigenous communities and across Alberta.

“We are committed to working with Indigenous Peoples to make sure they feel safe, secure and protected in Alberta. It is critical that government policies and initiatives related to public safety and law enforcement address the changing realities and evolving needs of Indigenous communities. This advisory group will allow us to better collaborate with our Indigenous partners and ensure our strategies align with their needs. Together, we can determine the best way to protect all of our communities.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

“Indigenous Peoples in Alberta deserve safe communities to call home. We look to First Nation and Métis communities to help us find the best way forward. Progress can only come through partnership and collaboration. The Public Security Indigenous Advisory Group creates a new way for Indigenous people and Alberta’s government to work together as partners in reconciliation.”

Rick Wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relations

“This advisory group is a good step in the right direction in recognizing our right to self-determination and to make and move towards our own destiny.”

Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom, Woodland Cree First Nation

“It is a step in the right direction to having this Indigenous advisory group. We live in a society where there are many different governments, ways of life and legal systems. It is my hope this step will enable all parties to recognize the reality of the multi-juridical society we live in that can support these legal orders and laws and recognize our inherent sovereignty and rights as Nehiyaw peoples. This can be achieved by working together in a respectful way that this step will hopefully go on to prove.”

Thomas Laboucan-Avirom, in-house legal counsel, Woodland Cree First Nation

Advisory group members will provide advice on public safety initiatives, including police and peace officer reform, restorative justice, victim services and crime prevention. They will also be able to provide input into which public safety issues should be prioritized.

Alberta’s government is recruiting up to 12 advisory group members, who may serve up to three-year terms. Individuals interested in serving on the advisory group can apply online.

The Public Security Indigenous Advisory Group is expected to be in place by this fall.

Reconciliation is a priority for Alberta’s government. As partners in reconciliation, we are listening to and working with Indigenous Peoples in Alberta to determine the best ways forward to a better future.