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.
ntytyix: A Time for Action
The OKIB Public Safety Department (PSD) is excited to announce that we are about to begin the next phase of the Comprehensive Safety Strategy. This will set in motion the “ntytyix: A Time for Action.”
PSD has listened to what n’kmaplqs people have said would create a safe community over the past year, hearing over 182+ voices. Shortly thereafter we wrote down what we heard, and witnessed, and shared it in a story.
“How the people of n’kmaplqs came together to re-envision a safe community,” was released in the late spring during a time where our people were in dire need of being provided with a safe space to be heard.
ntytyix: A Time for Action utilizes the teachings of our salmon kin.
The salmon live their lives in a spiral, much like we do as syilx People. We make passage through time like salmon make passage through the waterways, and much like the salmon every year we return stronger, wiser, and guiding the new ones coming up with us. We persevere and continue on through every obstacle to carry out our purpose always returning to the safety of our home, much like salmon always returning to their place of birth where they feel safe to spawn new life.
In this next phase, you will be seeing movement happening in and around the community putting your voices into motion. We have identified recurring themes that folks have identified that will create a safe home for them: the resurgence of sqilxw ways of being and life; feeling a sense of belonging; more social supports in the face of colonialism; holistic well-being through mental and physical health; and most importantly having a safe community to nurture these things in.
Please keep an eye out for the new updates around, “ntytyix: A Time for Action,” and never be afraid to reach out to us to share what’s on your heart.
Mending broken hearts healing circle
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:
- Michael Ochoa, [email protected] or phone 250 309 0353
- Jami Tonasket, [email protected] or phone 250 540 9037
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 2020-2021 Annual Report
Members, the Public Safety Department has published it's 2020-2021 Annual Report. Read about how the people of n'kmaplqs came together to re-envision a safe community. Click here to read the entire report and to see the fabulous photos.
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.
Fraud Targeting Businesses and Organizations
CRA Scams: How to recognize a scam
Cst. Camalush has provided this RCMP information on recognizing and reacting to scams using the Canada Revenue Agency name. Scammers will use the phone, emails and texts to separate you from your money. Read this information to help protect yourself from scams: Canada Revenue Agency Scams Bulletin
Indigenous policing and reconciliation
OKIB's RCMP Liaison Officer Cst. Kyle Camalush has provided information about Indigenous policing and reconciliation that members may find interesting and useful.
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
Email: [email protected]
Public Safety Update Reports
Comprehensive Safety Strategy Survey
About the Comprehensive Safety Strategy Project
January 6, 2021 update - The Public Safety Team invited all OKIB membership on and off reserve to complete the Comprehensive Safety Strategy. Due to the limited engagement we have extended the survey to March 2021 and will provide a report in the early Spring 2021 to membership.
OKIB Membership development of a Comprehensive Safety Plan will be specific to their unique circumstances. These plans will identify community strengths, assets and safety and wellness goals in order for all community member to see themselves involved on a path leading toward a healthier, safer community and life.
Please note that you can add “additional comments” at any time to the survey.
August 6, 2020 - The Okanagan Indian Band recognizes the importance of promoting healing and education to our children, youth, and their families who have been impacted by trauma and/or crime. We invite all Okanagan Indian Band members on and off reserve to participate in development of the Comprehensive Safety Strategy. To that end, today we launched the Comprehensive Safety Strategy survey, which all members can take here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6YFZT2H
OKIB endeavors to develop a Comprehensive Safety Strategy using a strength-based approach, which includes:
- Identification of barriers and gaps
- Provides individualized community solutions
- Increased partnerships
- Strengthen inter-agency collaboration
The strategy focuses on:
- Youth violence prevention
- Community mobilization framework
- Direct interventions that use a client-centered strength-based approach
- Sustainability of programs, services and partnerships.
Specific objectives over the next five years include:
- Development of a communications strategy to engage youth, elders/knowledge keepers, community etc. into bringing their voices to this Comprehensive Safety Strategy.
We will achieve these goals by:
- Identifying barriers and gaps to providing individualized and community solutions
- Increasing partnerships to strengthen inter-agency collaboration and information sharing – subject matter leading experts within their fields
- Direct services to membership including education, workshops, access to supports that help raise public awareness on issues relevant to community etc.
- Development of a safety campaign that will be led by youth
- Sustainability of programs, services, and partnerships that include culture, language and sense of belonging/connection.
Jami Tonasket and Mike Ochoa will work collaboratively to support the development of a Community Comprehensive Safety Strategy. The objective is to develop a framework, or model of change that is community-driven and a “living model” that can be adaptive to change.
We will work towards increasing awareness for parents and family members of programs and services and help for their young people, increase openness, and discussions about challenges in the community, and strengths that exist in the community to build upon.
The targeted action items include; regular community engagements, clarifying roles and timelines, setting priorities collectively, grounded plans, and processes in culture.
The Government of Canada announced funding for Okanagan Indian Band to support a five-year Comprehensive Safety Strategy, which was confirmed in February 2020.
For further information please contact:
Community Safety Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Youth Justice Worker
Email: [email protected]
OKIB Youth Council
Scammers are sneaky and sly. They can target anyone, from youth to retirees. They can also target businesses. No one is immune to fraud.
It is important to remain alert and aware to the possibility of fraudsters and scams. Don't let them catch you off guard and trick you out of your hard-earned money. Read about some of the common scams and methods used by scammers that you can watch out for.
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.
Okanagan Quick Links
Community Safety Information
North Okanagan Friendship Centre
Ki low Naw Friendship Society
Ookanakane Friendship Centre
Okanagan Training and Development Council
Native Courtworker Vernon
Restorative Justice North Okanagan
Vernon Native Housing
Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan
The Bridges Withdrawal Management Services
Phoenix Centre Detox
Kuu-us Crisis Line Society
Archway Society for Domestic Peace
Cammy LaFleur Street Outreach Program
Turning Points Collaborative Society
North Okanagan Youth & Family Services Society
First Nation Health Authority
BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre
Health Link BC – Women’s Health Topics
Kelty Mental Health Resource – BC Children’s Hospital