Overview

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is honoured to host the second First Nations Policing Forum on April 6, 2022 and the Restorative Justice Forum on April 7, 2022. Both forums will be held virtually over two days to align with the different regional time zones.

The First Nations Policing Forum and Restorative Justice Forum will host plenary and dialogue sessions to discuss the evolution of First Nations policing and reforming Canada’s police services and the restorative justice system. These forums are an opportunity for interested parties to participate in the discussion on First Nations policing as an essential service and restorative justice.

First Nations Policing Forum Objective:

The virtual forum will bring together invited panelists and participants to discuss First Nations policing as an essential service and provide an opportunity for First Nations peoples, First Nations leaders, First Nations police officers, experts, among others to consider options in the development of a legislative framework for First Nations policing as an essential service in advancing AFN Resolution #07/2021, “Creation and Implementation of Legislation for First Nations Policing as an Essential Service”.

Restorative Justice Forum Objective:

The virtual forum will bring together invited panelists and participants to discuss First Nations customary laws and legal traditions, First Nations courts and creating effective restorative justice programs

If you require accessibility or accommodations, please note this can be done within the registration process.

First Nations Policing Forum

Overview:

The session will bring together First Nations panelists and participants to discuss First Nations policing as an essential service and provide an opportunity for First Nations leaders, First Nations police officers and policing experts, among others to consider options in the development of a legislative framework for First Nations Policing as an Essential Service.

Who should attend the First Nations Policing Forum?

  • First Nations persons with knowledge and experience with First Nations policing and the First Nations Policing Program (FNPP)
  • First Nations police officers, technicians with an interest in policing, law, community safety and other related areas
  • First Nations leadership
  • First Nations police service providers
  • Observers with an interest in First Nations policing

First Nations Restorative Justice Forum

Overview:

The session will bring together First Nations panelists and participants to discuss customary law, reclamation of Indigenous legal traditions, First Nations Jurisdiction over Justice Systems, First Nations Justice Systems, the Canadian Legal System, and other related areas.

Who should attend the Restorative Justice Forum?

  • First Nations technicians with an interest in customary law, reclamation of Indigenous legal traditions and other related areas
  • First Nations leadership
  • First Nations service providers
  • Knowledge Keepers/Elders
  • First Nations Youth
  • Observers with an interest in restorative justice issues

First Nations Policing Forum

The Session topics will include:

  • First Nations Policing & Community Safety
  • First Nations Policing Funding
  • Jurisdictional Issues
  • Governance and Oversight

Provisional Agenda

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Opening prayers
  • Opening addresses
  • Plenary presentation
  • Break-out discussion groups
  • Closing remarks
Download Agenda

Restorative Justice Forum

The Session topics will include:

  • Revitalization and Reclamation of First Nations Customary Law and Legal Traditions
  • First Nations Jurisdiction over Justice Systems
  • First Nations Justice Systems and the Canadian Legal System

Provisional Agenda

Thursday, April 7, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Opening prayers
  • Opening addresses
  • Plenary presentation
  • Break-out discussion groups
  • Closing remarks
Download Agenda

Registration

Please note that there is no registration fee.

The AFN invites you to register for the First Nations Policing Forum, April 6, 2022, and the Restorative Justice Forum, April 7, 2022.

Please feel free sign up for both the First Nations Policing Forum and the Restorative Justice Forum.

Register Online PDF Registration Form

Please reach out if you require accessibility accommodations.
*Note this can done within the registration process.

Contact Information

If you need assistance registering online, please email AFN’s Registration Coordinator: Tash Cote at [email protected]

For general information on the dialogue sessions, please email: [email protected].

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