Indigenous communities face higher crime and incarceration rates than the rest of Canada, with unique socio-economic and historical factors at play. At a time where more attention and funding are being given to the important issues, there are enormous opportunities for growth and progress. In this context, it is crucial for all those involved with the system to explore and identify key elements in developing and implementing quality policing strategies and harm reduction measures for Indigenous communities; ones that take into account both where we have come from and where we need to go.

Working together and armed with the right knowledge and tools, Indigenous communities and police can be part of a new way forward for building safe and healthy communities, a change that generates constructive active partnerships for social justice. To that end, this forum brings together leading experts with a wealth of knowledge and experience, making it essential learning for anyone interested in dialogue building and creating a better and safer future.