Co-Chairs

Robert A. Davis, Chief of Police, Lethbridge Police Service, Lethbridge, AB. Chief Davis is a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and began his policing career in 1990. Chief Davis spearheaded the drive for the first Indigenous police service in Canada to gain membership into the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario (CISO). He has worked in active policing, as well as on educational programs to combat the impacts of gangs and organized crime on Indigenous populations. Chief Davis is the recipient of the prestigious Gimborn Scholarship awarded to him for his efforts in combating organized crime and gangs. In 2011, he was sworn in as the Chief of Police of the Dryden Police Service where he was an integral part of the City’s efforts to build relationships with the Indigenous community in the City and region. In 2015, he was sworn in as the Chief of Police for the Lethbridge Police Service where he is a champion for Indigenous peoples and people of diverse backgrounds seeking a career and leadership roles in law enforcement and society.

   

Inspector Jim Potts, O.O.M., RCMP & OPP, Ottawa, ON. Jim retired in 2002, after 45 years service. He has 26 years operational experience, 12 years as liaison officer with the Mohawk Warriors, is of Ojibway descent, and a member of Temiskaming First Nation. He was the first Status Indian to receive a Commission in the 125 year history of the RCMP and is the recipient of numerous awards. At the request of the AFN, RCMP and OPP, Jim served as mediator/negotiator during various crisis situations i.e. Oka, Ipperwash, Gustafasen Lake, Caledonia, Burnt Church, & Elsipogtog. In 1996/97, Jim was Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario. In 2005/06, at the request of the Commissioner of the Ipperwash Inquiry, after two years of research he co-authored the paper “For the Nonce - Policing During Aboriginal Occupations & Protest”. In 2002, the Governor General appointed him Officer of the Order of Merit. In Sept. 2010, the Minister of National Defence appointed him Honorary Lieutenant Colonel with the 3rd Ranger Patrol Group, Canadian Armed Forces , as liaison officer for fly-in Indigenous communities in N. Ontario. Currently, Jim is assisting RCMP & Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans with delivery of Management of Conflict and Indigenous Perceptions training, and he served as an advisor to the Office of the Auditor General Canada during the recent audit of First Nations policing.

   

Faculty

Elder Barbara Dumont-Hill, Elder, Algonquin Nation, Pembroke, ON. Barbara Dumont-Hill, a First Nation Algonquin, was born on the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Reserve. She is the tenth of 13 children, born to courageous Algonquin parents and she is descended from a long line of Anishinabeg. Barbara is Turtle Clan and has been following the red road for over 30 years. She has been working with several organizations including serving as a Grandmother with the 2015 Walking With Our Sisters memorial installation in Ottawa, with the RCMP Circle for Change, and most recently as Elder adviser to the Canadian Department of Justice legal team working with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Barbara is intent on educating Canadians about Indigenous history as a way to promote reconciliation. She continues to deepen her culture by studying her language, drumming and singing the songs that honour her ancestors.

   

Kyle Friesen, Counsel, RCMP Legal Advisory Section, Department of Justice Canada, Surrey, BC.

   

Dale McFee, Deputy Minister of Corrections and Policing, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice, Regina, SK. In 2012, after 26 years as a police officer in Prince Albert, SK, including nine years as the Chief of Police, Dale was appointed as Deputy Minister of Corrections and Policing in the Ministry of Justice for the Government of Saskatchewan. Dale has considerable small-to-mid size business experience and currently lectures on leadership and HR management at the SK Police College and has spoken to several private businesses within Western Canada and parts of the U.S. on these same topics. Dale was recognized in 2008 for his work in policing by being named to the Order of Merit and was promoted again within the Order to the rank of Officer in 2011. Dale is an alumnus of the 2004 Governor General’s Leadership program and was recognized in 2010 by the SK Association of Chiefs of Police with a provincial policing leadership award for “Leadership in Multi-Agency Community Mobilization”. In August 2012, Dale became a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. From 2011 to 2014, he served as President and Past President, respectively, of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.

   

Dr. Maryanne Pearce, LLD, Strategic Advisor to the Assistant Commissioner, Reconciliation and the National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry, RCMP, Ottawa, ON. Dr. Maryanne Pearce holds a doctorate in laws from the University of Ottawa, where her dissertation focused on missing and murdered vulnerable women in Canada. She has a Master’s and Undergraduate in Anthropology, with a minor in Women’s Studies. She has been a federal public servant in seven departments, largely working on Indigenous files. She lives in Ottawa, and is an active volunteer. She is the winner of the 2018 RCMP Diversity and Inclusion Award for Excellence within the Community for individuals.

   

Judge Barry D. Stuart, Retired, Yukon Territorial Court (Honorary Doctorate of Law Osgoode 2014), Vancouver, BC. Barry has decades of experience as both a judge and mediator in resolving numerous private and public disputes. As Chief Negotiator for the Yukon Land Claims, he negotiated the Umbrella Land Claims Agreement. He has worked in many countries to develop collaborative partnerships and restorative justice processes. He is a co-author of Peacemaking Circles: From Crime To Community.