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Indigenous students connect with Hamilton Police Service

Indigenous Student Services HPS Stay Safe Workshop

Whether it's an emergency, traffic stop, or casual encounter walking downtown, many Indigenous people are nervous, uncertain or scared when encountering police, even when they are the ones calling for help,

Indigenous Student Services staff Caroline Hill and Elizabeth Gray hosted an interactive evening workshop for Mohawk College students to learn ways to be more effective and safer during any police encounter. Six Hamilton Police Services personnel joined staff and students for dinner and conversation in Indigenous Student Services Lounge.

The lunch and learn was the second opportunity for Indigenous students to meet with local police. Earlier in the month, they were introduced to Indigenous Liaison Officer, Constable Stacey Hill (Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation). The Indigenous Liaison Officer is a newly created role to support the Indigenous community. The liaison officer role is something Hamilton's urban Indigenous community has been asking for since the early 2000s.