Constable Travis Assiniboine attended the Integrated Police Studies Program at Assiniboine Community College. He learned about the criminal code, report writing, community-based policing, and standard police procedures. And, while he valued this training, he said, ‘It was when you got into the community that you really learned.”
From talking with the Elders and community members, he learned what the community wanted, how they wanted to be treated, and what their expectations were. Using restorative justice and sharing circles, Elders, Constable Assiniboine, and community members can keep the community together and keep people out of the criminal justice system.
Every community is different; members from the police service police should go to the community, speak with the Elders, speak with the people, and ask, “How are things done out here?”
Travis Assiniboine was interviewed high above the ice at the Dakota Nation Winterfest held in Brandon, Manitoba January 31 to February 3, 2019. Dakota Nation Winterfest provides an excellent opportunity for Indigenous peoples from across Canada and the United States to showcase themselves through sports, talents and culture under one roof.