Police MKWA Opportunity Education Circle is a partnership that was formed to create learning opportunities for Aboriginal, including First Nation, Métis, and Inuit, students living in the City of Greater Sudbury and surrounding area who may wish to pursue a career in the justice sector. It also serves to establish meaningful relationships between students and police officers.
The underlying premise that guided the development of the Police MKWA Oppornity Education Circle is the belief that the education of Aboriginal youth will lead to enhanced opportunities and employment that will in turn lead to the empowerment of the individual.
Methods included the participation of Elders and Cultural Advisors to bring awareness to the youth about their culture and language. It will also give youth practical exposure to a broad range of services and skills requirements in policing and related responsibilities within the justice system.
Through the establishment of the Aboriginal Community/Police Advisory Committee (ACPAC) and the MKWA program, there has been a positive ripple effect within not only the Greater Sudbury Police Service but throughout the Municipality of Greater City of Sudbury. Ultimately, program is benefiting the youth and the police officers.
Positive outcomes are realized when individuals work together in partnership so that youth can have futures that are meaningful and productive.
The leadership and role modeling that is demonstrated through this program are the tools to success for young people, whether they choose careers in the criminal justice system or a career of their choice in other sectors of society.
Leading by example will reinstate a pride within the people, all peoples. In the growth and developments of today's practices, we are breaking down the barriers and closing the gaps. True understandings are beginning to foster and a celebration of different cultures and beliefs are surfacing to the forefront. By working together and moving forward, we have hope for a brighter future.