FNPGC conference 

Relationships And Reconciliation: 

Developing Just Relations In An Era Of Reconciliation

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 10:45 AM – 5:15 PM EST


10:45 AM – 10:55 AM

Welcome - FNPGC 6th Annual Conference

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Dan Bellegarde, Chair FNPGC

Housekeeping, Technical Issues & Overview of Program
Barbara Mantello, Facilitator

10:55 AM – 11:25 AM

“It’s Now or Never”

This is the MOMENT to shift perspectives and empower actions to change policing
in Canada.

Andrew Graham, Queen’s University

11:25 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Indigenous Justice

Indigenous Justice as an inherent right. What does it mean, reflections on the past, shaping the future? Panellists will discuss the role of traditional and non-traditional players in policing, justice and police governance. How do you collaborate with community and governments to provide culturally sensitive and appropriate systems to ensure community health, safety and wellbeing?

Dr. Chad Nilson
Chief Kyle Melting Tallow
Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler
Julian Falconer
Michele Audette
Rebecca Barley

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM

Health Break & Networking

There will be rooms where delegates can virtually chat with other delegates.

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM

First Nations Policing

FNPGC Chair Dan Bellegarde sits down with the Minister of Public Safety to discuss how the Council can work with Public Safety and the Provinces to see this historic piece of legislation may be realized.

Minister Bill Blair & Dan Bellegarde

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

First Nations Policing Program

Moving from a Program to an Essential Service

Panel discussion on how to collaborate, be inclusive and get the right legislation tabled that supports, strengthens and empowers First Nations.

FNPGC – Dan Bellegarde, Chair

FNCPA – Chief Dwayne Zachary, President

FNPP: Kristin Solvanson, Trevor Bhupsingh, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister
& Eric Landry, Director General

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Health Break & Networking

There will be rooms where delegates can virtually chat with other delegates.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Presentation & Facilitated Discussion: Victims Services

Bridging the Gaps in First Nations Police Services. NAPS is a dynamic organization that serves 34 First Nation communities in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Territory. Providing Victims Services in a territory that is two-thirds the size of Ontario poses challenges that Det. Morrison will touch on. Advocating for resources for victims, the role of tradition and restorative justice. 

Detective Alana Morrison, NAPS

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Showcase of Innovative Programs

Social Navigator Initiative

Daughness Migwans,  UCCM Police Service

The UCCM Anishnaabe Police Services’ Social Navigator Initiative (SNI) is here to connect and support at-risk individuals or repeat offenders in finding and connecting with appropriate services. Our goal is to help using early intervention and outreach via the Police service and in collaboration with our partners.

Iitaohkanitsini’kotsiiyio’p Hub (Place of Conversation)

Shane Gauthier

For over two years the Hub has worked along side the Calgary Police Service (CPS) to address the legacy of systemic racism, colonization, impact of transgenerational trauma, etc. As our phase one and two evaluation states this journey has been tough but rewarding and worthwhile for our community and for CPS. It is an example of how our community and CPS can “make relatives” and walk together down a path of healing and not just reconciliation but truth.

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Health Break & Networking

There will be rooms where delegates can virtually chat with other delegates.

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Civilian Oversight, Police Accountability in First Nations

Through the lens of community- based policing this panel will look at policies on use of force, mental health, wellness checks. What kind of governance is required in this day and age where there is such a call for accountability. How can FN police services be more accountable to the communities they serve?

Dan Bellegarde, File Hills First Nation Board of Police Commissioners, SK

Peter Nahwegahbo, UCCM Police Services Board, ON

Fabian Batise, Nishnabe-Aski Police Services Board, ON

5:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Wrap Up and Closing

About our 2020 Conference


The First Nations Police Governance Council (FNPGC) was established in 2014 by directors and members of the Canadian Association of Police Governance (CAPG). With a primary focus on building capacity, the FNPGC has developed a national conference for self-administered First Nations Police Governance Authorities, Commissions and Community Consultative Committees.

The 2020 Conference of the First Nations Police Governance Council was held virtually on October 29th, 2020. The FNPGC developed the conference program based on national trends in First Nations Policing, engagement by our Council members and community need. You can view the full program above.

The objective of this conference was to:

  • Encourage liaison among First Nations Police Governance Authorities across Canada
  • Provide a forum for discussion between the FNPGC, Provincial, Federal and First Nations Governments
  • Share ideas, views, and opinions
  • Solve problems and make decisions
  • Inspire participation of current and new members

We hope you enjoyed the conference and look forward to seeing you in 2021!

First Nations Police Governance Council