A First Nation police service on Manitoulin Island recently announced the creation of a unique new program geared toward reducing risk factors associated with domestic violence.
The UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service, headquartered on M’Chigeeng First Nation, announced the four-year Lighting the Fire Within project on July 17.
Funded through Women and Gender Equality Canada, the project is the first of its kind to be delivered by any police service in Canada.
It is designed to fill the gaps in services for both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and to facilitate the creation of safer, stronger, and healthier First Nations communities through culturally sensitive and trauma-informed programming.
“One of our overriding missions is to provide effective and efficient policing while being culturally sensitive and looking at different ways that we can provide better services for the individuals, groups, and families that we work with,” said Daughness Migwans, social navigator with the UCCM Anishnaabe Police.