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Indigenous Education Series


Content Provider:
Calgary Police Service


Length (in hours)
6 hours

Release Date
November 2022

Revision Date
January 2024

Registration Process Register

Indigenous Education Series examines the history of and contemporary issues affecting Indigenous Peoples in Canada and how these relate to law enforcement.

When you have completed this series you will be able to:

  • Explain why learning about Indigenous history and contemporary issues is relevant to law enforcement
  • Compare Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews
  • Summarize the history of treaties in Canada and their impact on Indigenous people
  • Describe the early relationship between the NorthWest Mounted Police (NWMP) and Indigenous People
  • Explain how the Indian Act was used to dispossess Indigenous Peoples of their lands
  • Explain how the Indian Act was used to try to assimilate Indigenous Peoples
  • Describe the residential school system and its impacts on Indigenous Peoples
  • Describe the sixties scoop and its impacts on Indigenous Peoples
  • Explain why Indigenous Peoples disproportionately suffer from post-traumatic stress
  • Describe the health issues affecting Indigenous Peoples and what police officers can do to support Indigenous health
  • Explain why Indigenous Peoples are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and what police can do about it
  • Describe the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and the role law enforcement can play in the issue
  • Explain why Indigenous Peoples protest and the way police are viewed in response to these protests
  • List some case studies of Indigenous protests and evaluate how police intervened
  • Summarize why Truth and Reconciliation matters and how police services can forge equal partnerships with Indigenous Peoples
  • List some of the ways individual police service members can advance truth and reconciliation

This course was originally developed for Calgary Police Service (CPS) and some content may be specific to CPS employees. Please check your own service’s policies, procedures, and resources as they relate to this topic.

Target Audience

Sworn Police, Police Services, Government and Other First Responders

Content Provider

Content for this course was provided by Calgary Police Service.