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.
Okanagan College United Against Violence Against Women Candlelight Vigil
Okanagan College held a Candlelight Vigil in December held this Christmas and many OKIB members and elders speak on the video. Watch and hear this important message from many voices speaking as one.
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
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Resumption of Ordinary Court Operations
The Provincial Court of British Columbia recognizes that the Province is still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chief Public Health Officers of Canada and the Province still require people to keep a safe distance from each other, but currently there can be a cautious reopening of public places with health and safety protocols in place to minimize the transmission of the virus. Taking this into account, the Provincial Court has developed the plan set out in this Notice to resume further court operations.
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