Three of the 10 members of the Alberta Public Security Indigenous Advisory Committee work in the Lesser Slave Lake and Wabasca area.
On November 10, the Alberta government sent out a news release announcing the committee members.
One is from Peavine Métis Settlement, another works for Bigstone Cree Nation, and a third works for Woodland Cree First Nation.
Bradley Cunningham, from Peavine, works for Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council as the community justice and mediation program coordinator, says the news release. He is also on the Métis Settlments Appeal Tribunal and on the board of the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services.
Helen Flamand works for Bigstone Cree Nation in the justice and public safety department.
Thomas Laboucan-Avirom works for Woodland Cree as a legal and economic development officer.
The committee chair Marlene Orr, Beaver Lake Cree Nation, is the chief executive officer of Native Counselling and on the Parole Board of Canada’s National Indigenous Circle.
In Slave Lake, Native Counselling has a two court workers. One helps people with criminal matters and the other with family court. The office is on 2nd Ave. NW Slave Lake next to Healthy Treasures.
All committee members have experience working in the justice system, addictions recovery, or ending family violence.
The other members are David MacPhee, Teddy Manywounds, Josie Nepinak, Tyler Oka, Karen Telford, and Earl Thiessen.
These committee members are connected with the following Indigenous communities – Aseniwuche Winewak Nation, Stoney Nakoda – Tsuut’ina Tribal Council, Anishinaabe Nation, Kainai Nation, and Fishing Lake Métis Settlement.
The advisory committee was created after consultation with Indigenous Peoples, says the news release.
The news release adds that the committee’s purpose is to provide “advice and recommendations to improve public safety throughout Alberta, including in Indigenous communities. The members will advise the government on public safety initiatives, including police and peace officer reform, restorative justice, victim services and crime prevention.”