Public Safety

The Public Safety section is responsible for providing promotions and services to enhance community safety. The section's services include Youth Recreation and Youth Justice workers.

Cultural Safety Education Dates


Flag Raising Ceremony at Armstrong RCMP Detachment - October 20th

On October 20, 2022 at 11:00 am, a flag raising ceremony was held at the Armstrong RCMP Detachment located at 3710 Pleasant Valley Road. On this date, alongside community elders, the official Okanagan Nation Flag was raised to fly alongside the Canadian flag, on a newly installed flagpole, recognizing that the Detachment is located on the traditional sylix territory of the Okanagan peoples.


Public Safety Report

Safety is a Community Effort

A Witness Account of the September 12, 2022 Community Meeting. Click here to read about the community meeting.

Report on Youth Homelessness

The Public Safety unit has published the following documents on the subject of youth homelessness in the region. Please check out the report. If you are seeking housing or counselling, the Resource Library is a comprehensive list of resources that may be able to help.

9-1-1 Calling guide

Calling 9-1-1 can be stressful, when you need help and things are happening quickly.

Here's a few tips on what you can do to make sure emergency personnel get the information they need so you're prepared next time you need to dial 9-1-1.

9-1-1 Calling guide

"It's Our Culture that's going to get us out of this"

Jami Tonasket and Michael Ochoa share what inspires their work with the community at the Public Safety Department. Click here to read the article.

Ntytyix A Time for Action Phase II Final Report for 2022

Click Here to read the Phase 2 final report


Public Safety Report Oct 2021 to March 31 2022

You can read the report here:


Join Wellbriety

​Digital Art by Thunder Mitchell.

Mending Broken Hearts Healing Circles schedule

This three day culturally based program explores strategies for reconnecting with our loved ones, how to complete those relationships, even with family members who have made their journey. You will also develop the capacity of the community to heal from unresolved grief and the losses created by the legacy of historical and intergenerational trauma.

For more info or to sign up contact:

Click here to see the schedule.


Drug Awareness Fact Sheets

Check out the Drug Awareness Fact Sheets which contains facts about many street drugs, their effects, and other important details.

Public Safety Reports



So what exactly does the Public Safety department do?

I checked out the department and asked all the questions, here’s what I found - it’s a lot more than policing.

Story and photos by Kelsie Kilawna

When some think public safety they sometimes think it only means policing, however here on Head of the Lake rd. in the Public Safety Department (PSD) of the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) it also means cultural safety, it means safety on the roads, safety of the members who live off-reserve, or on the streets and so much more.

When you first enter the PSD building you enter through the bottom door and walk into a big bright room. The art covering the walls is by local sqilxw artists and instantly you're met with a warm hello and offered food or a drink by one of the team members.

So with that let's dive in and meet the team. Click here to read the entire story.


Careers with the RCMP

Ever considered a career in the RCMP? Check out the link to the Indigenous pre-cadet training program to learn more. And please reach out to Cst. Camalush if you have question

If you require urgent police assistance, please dial 9-1-1 immediately. Otherwise, please contact the Armstrong RCMP Detachment at 250-546-3028.

Cst. Kyle Camalush
RCMP Liaison Officer, Indigenous Policing Service
Phone: 250-546-3028
Email: [email protected]


Comprehensive Safety Strategy Survey

OKIB Youth Council

Click here to go to the OKIB Youth Council web page to read about the current representatives.


Self-management Resources for Community Members

Follow this link to see a list of free resources that you can use to learn, support and self-manage mild to moderate mental health concerns. Information regarding the programs is taken directly from their websites and is in their words, wherever possible.

Community Safety Information

Click here to read some tips on keeping your home, family and the community safe.