The Government of Yukon, in partnership with the Council of Yukon First Nations and the Yukon RCMP “M” Division, are reviewing the implementation of the Sharing Common Ground: Review of Yukon’s Police Force that was completed in 2010.
The MMIWG2S+ strategy recommended a review of Sharing Common Ground to assess each recommendation of the report in order to determine what has been successful, what challenges remain and identify any emerging needs.
In order to review and evaluate the implementation of the recommendations for improvements in the provision of police services in the territory, local consultants from inspire.reconciliation.potential (IRP), in collaboration with Vector Research, have been contracted to conduct the review and evaluation. Through their review and targeted engagement, they will gather information to support final conclusions.
Sharing Common Ground created the Yukon Police Council and has strengthened community policing in the territory. The Yukon Police Council has been successful in connecting communities and Yukoners with policing priorities. The council works to ensure that Yukoners have a say in the policing services they receive and shapes the relationship between the public and the RCMP. We welcome a review of Sharing Common Ground and how it can continue to contribute to a safer Yukon.
Minister of Justice Tracy-Anne McPhee
The review of Sharing Common Ground is a key commitment of Yukon’s MMIWG2S+ Strategy and is an important step in making the Yukon a safer place where Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit+ Yukoners are treated equitably with dignity and justice.
Minister responsible for the Women and Gender Equity Directorate Jeanie McLean
CYFN and Yukon First Nations are pleased to see this evaluation of the implementation of Sharing Common Ground proceeding. Yukon First Nations are significantly impacted by policing in the territory, so it is important for Yukon First Nations to contribute to the review.
Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston
Sharing Common Ground has proven itself to be a useful guide in identifying issues important to Yukon residents. This review will not only measure the success of those initiatives, it will undoubtedly identify and direct our collective attention to other areas that also need improvement.
Chief Superintendent Commanding Officer Scott Sheppard, RCMP “M” Division
In 2010, the Government of Yukon commissioned a comprehensive review of policing in the Yukon. This review, led by the Government of Yukon’s Department of Justice in conjunction with Yukon’s RCMP (“M” Division) and the Council of Yukon First Nations, produced a final report, Sharing Common Ground: Review of Yukon’s Police Force, with 33 recommendations for improvements in the provision of police services in the territory.
The last implementation review of Sharing Common Ground was completed in 2014.
The evaluation of Sharing Common Ground is action item 2.2 in Changing the Story to Upholding Dignity and Justice: Yukon’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-spirit+ People Strategy.
IRP Consulting is an Indigenous owned and operated consulting firm, led by co-owners Tosh Southwick and Davida Wood. Their work is grounded in "inspiring.reconciliation.potential". IRP is partnered for the review with Paul Kishchuk of Vector Research, a Whitehorse economic research consultancy with expertise in program evaluation and qualitative research.
Communications, Council of Yukon First Nations