Sudbury Police presents its own Indigenous Women and Girls Missing Persons Toolkit and Resource Guide
The Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) officially unveiled its Indigenous Women and Girls Missing Persons Toolkit and Resource Guide this week.
“We understand that being an Indigenous woman or girl is a high risk classification of becoming a missing person due to systemic racism and intergenerational trauma,” the service announced on its Facebook page. “Further, we acknowledge that MMIWG is not solely a national issue, but our community’s priority. Sudbury is at the heart of Anishinawbek territory with many Indigenous peoples calling this community home.”
In 2016, a Victim Services Missing Persons Toolkit from Saskatoon, Sask. was given to Sudbury Chief Paul Pedersen while discussing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls at a conference. From this toolkit, the Greater Sudbury Police Service began working with the Indigenous community on creating their own version of the toolkit.
The toolkit was given to the Aboriginal Community Police Advisory Committee, as well as others from the Indigenous community for feedback. The “Looking Ahead To Build The Spirit Of Our Women Project” sponsored the endeavour; and, while the GSPS toolkit was made for its territory jurisdiction and o calls for service, it is meant to act as a resource to anyone that may want to use it, specifically from the Indigenous community.
It adds a holistic perspective through suggesting various support options and by providing answers to the questions that people may have during a police investigation.