Department of Justice

Sharing Common Ground

Symposium on Policing

September 18 – 20th, 2012 Yukon Government hosted the Policing in Northern and Remote Canada Symposium.

Over 100 delegates from across the country attended the symposium which included presentations and discussions on the operational realities of providing service in the North, innovative approaches to collaborating with community members and First Nations, and strategies to attract and retain skilled police officers.

The symposium was an opportunity to network, discuss challenges and opportunities and share and build upon each other’s successes in northern policing. Significantly the partners and symposium delegates have agreed to work together to develop a national research agenda on policing in northern and remote Canada.

The purpose of the symposium was:

  • To bring together law-enforcement, government officials, academics, provincial, territorial, municipal and First Nations leaders in policing to discuss issues and innovation in northern and rural policing;
  • To identify gaps and opportunities and to begin the development of a national research agenda;
  • To identify and further develop best practices by showcasing initiatives that are effective in northern and remote environments; and
  • To explore strategies to attract and retain police officers with the right skills and attributes, and to encourage their integration in northern and remote communities.

The symposium was organized in partnership by:

  • Department of Justice, Government of Yukon
  • Public Safety Canada
  • Royal Canadian Mountain Police M Division and National Headquarters
  • Northern Institute of Social Justice, Yukon College
  • Department of Justice, Government of Northwest Territories
  • Council of Yukon First Nations

The symposium was, in part, an outcome of the Review of Yukon’s Police Force and Sharing Common Ground report which was a joint project led by the RCMP, Yukon  Government and First Nations.