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  • Winnipeg Tribune


Wednesday, April 5, 2023 - A new Public Safety Training Strategy Steering Committee was announced today by the Government of Manitoba.

The committee is co-chaired by Clunis and Ron Evans, former grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and former chief of Norway House Cree Nation.

Currently, there is no consistent training option for police and peace officers in Manitoba, the minister noted, adding that this leads to many potential officers seeking training elsewhere in the country.

In November 2022, the Department of Justice contracted Clunis Consulting to facilitate the creation of a steering committee, and provide the research and expertise the committee requires to develop a road map for the establishment of a public safety training strategy, including things like a common curriculum, cultural components, training delivery options and facilities.

“I am honoured to work with this incredibly talented, experienced, caring and compassionate group of individuals in delivering public safety training for the future of all Manitobans,” said Devon Clunis, founder, Clunis Consulting. “I’ve long believed that our province could be an example for others. This initiative is poised to be world class in delivering community-centric public safety personnel training for the 21st century. During a time of immense, often chaotic social and cultural change in our communities, we are optimistic that our work will help navigate these challenging times.”

The committee is comprised of 15 additional individuals from municipal, First Nations and provincial police agencies, provincial employees and educators.

Members of the committee include:

  • Abdikheir Ahmed, co-chair, Police Accountability Coalition;

  • Chief Wayne Balcaen, Brandon Police Service;

  • Duane Brothers, former school division superintendent, Louis Riel School Division;

  • Chief Dan Defer, Altona Police Service;

  • Sandra DeLaronde, Indigenous studies lecturer, University of Winnipeg and founder of Northern Sage Consulting;

  • Jack Ewatski, public safety chairperson, Assiniboine Community College and former chief of Winnipeg Police Service;

  • Owen Fergusson, executive director, public safety, Manitoba Justice;

  • Connie Johannson, former deputy warden, Correctional Service of Canada;

  • Jean-Rene Dominique Kwilu, lawyer and community advocate;

  • Insp. Catherine Light, RCMP “D” Division;

  • Rick Linden, criminology professor, University of Manitoba;

  • Kevin Mantie, chief inspector, Manitoba Motor Carrier Enforcement;

  • Anthony McInnis, city manager, City of Thompson;

  • Chief Doug Palson, Manitoba First Nations Police Service; and

  • Insp. Nick Paulet, Winnipeg Police Service.

Over the next several months, committee members will be working in smaller groups in development of the Manitoba Public Safety Training Strategy, the minister added.


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