Treaty Three Police service is introducing a new vehicle decal in honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
The idea for the decal came from uniformed members of Treaty Three Police Service who wanted to start further discussions about MMIWG. The project was lead by T3PS Spirit of Hope Coordinator.
“The art piece was created in collaboration with the Grand Council Treaty #3 Women’s council, Elder Howard Copenace and MMIWG family member and advocate, Sharon Johnson. We’ve had several virtual meetings during the past few months. The designer for the graphic is a Couchiching band member, Fallon Andy who assisted us with bringing together the group’s final ideas. The group was very cooperative and honoured to assist with creating such a decal for T3PS,” says Smith.
The inclusive decal features a male image as an ally of MMIWG and the LGBTQ2 rainbow colours on the drum.
Deputy Chief Jeff Skye adds “When we went into this process we didn’t know where this would lead us. The group demonstrated proper protocols were followed that have been passed down to us from our ancestors. We are also very honoured to work with the GCT#3 women’s council, Elder Howard Copenace and Sharon Johnson.”
The decals were unveiled on May 5, the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
“The Treaty #3 Women’s Council is proud to have been a part of this project. We have been working with families of MMIWG for the past 6 years. Addressing MMIWG requires a territory-wide partnership and we’re glad that T3PS wishes to honour and spread awareness in this way,” says Anita Collins of the Treaty #3 Women’s Council.
The new decals are expected to appear on T3PS vehicles this year.