June marks two years since the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) formally released its final report on June 3, 2019 including 231 calls for justice and its conclusion in Canada's treatment of cases. MMIWG and Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples continues to be a priority for the Alberta RCMP and our commitment to improving relationships with Indigenous communities and supporting survivors and families.
We provide policing services to 38 First Nation communities, 8 Métis Settlements and thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who live in urban centers across the province. Over the past two years, we have taken action to increase Indigenous Policing service, enhance education, strengthen investigations, and collaborate and consult with Indigenous leaders and Elders.
Some initiatives by the Alberta RCMP in relation to MMIWG include:
Education, Awareness and Programs to Creative Inclusiveness - Serving a large representation of Indigenous peoples, it is mandatory for employees to have Cultural and Indigenous Awareness training. Additionally, in response to eliminating racism, bias, sexism, homophobia and transphobia, there are now initiatives such as the Commanding Officer's Diversity Advisory Committee (CODAC) and the launch of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy.
Truth and Reconciliation/Consultation - The Alberta RCMP launched a Reconciliation Strategy on June 21, 2020 which culminated two years of community consultation. These consultations were held with Treaty Six, Seven and Eight, The Métis Nation of Alberta, the Métis Settlement General Council and The Inuit Cultural Society to explore new ways of working together and share ideas around moving forward together in reconciliation. These discussions represented more than 260,000 Indigenous people living in Alberta.
Partnerships - Working with Indigenous partners is important as we rely on their opinion and knowledge to guide our policing practices in their communities. Specific to Indigenous women and girls we work with partners such as the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, Sisters in Spirit, Alberta Native Friendships Centers, Congress of Aboriginal People, Native Counselling Services of Alberta, Ben Calf Robe, Treaty Six, Seven, and Eight First Nations Métis Settlements General Council and the Métis Nation of Alberta.
The Alberta RCMP remains focused on resolving unsolved cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls within its jurisdiction, and seeking closure for families. We are committed to continuing our efforts towards healing, helping to find closure, and moving forward in partnership with Indigenous peoples and communities.