Public Safety Report

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh communities need to be places where we all feel safe and like we belong. In spring 2022, Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) created a Public Safety Task Force (PSTF). The PSTF was tasked with providing recommendations on how to improve public safety, with a strong emphasis on the importance of prevention and community healing.

We are pleased to share that we now have a vision and a plan to keep moving forward on this important work – one that is uniquely Sḵwx̱wú7mesh.

Our community’s safely is a precious and treasured thing. Therefore, this vision for our community is guided by four xíx̱tsem or cedar bentwood boxes, which are used to safeguard precious things.

  • Behaviour on the land and in the waters
  • Be protected at home
  • Be protected in the community/villages
  • Be protected on the land

To achieve this vision, 11 recommendations were developed. They are community-led, rooted in prevention, supportive of mental health, wellness and housing, and aim to meet Members where they are at.

  • Establish a Community Justice System.
  • Increase capacity to enforce laws, bylaws, policies, and values.
  • Address disparities and ensure equitable protection.
  • Take immediate action to address toxic drug crisis.
  • Require an anti-racism and cultural safety course for external agencies and partners.
  • Develop a plan for safe transportation options that meet community members’ needs.
  • Design housing, infrastructure, and services for community safety from the start.
  • Address family violence and Elder abuse.
  • Create a trauma-informed Community Safety Team Program.
  • Build housing as fast as possible.
  • Outreach to those most at risk.

Over the coming months, we will be releasing more in-depth information on each of the recommendations, the ways in which they will be achieved, and how Nation Members can get involved.

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