On Saturday, January 20th, 2024, the “Building Bridges – Community Forum” marked a milestone in our journey towards fostering positive and impactful change within our communities. Held in the vibrant city of Coquitlam, BC, from 9 AM to 4 PM, this event was more than a meeting; it was a symphony of voices, ideas, and aspirations aimed at reshaping the landscape of policing legislation.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to local community members, policymakers, and all individuals passionate about making a tangible difference. Your presence and participation were the keystones of this transformative session. Your insights and shared experiences are the threads weaving a tapestry of change.
This forum was made possible through the generous support of the Policing and Public Safety Modernization Initiative. Their commitment to facilitating sessions like ours underscores the significance of collective effort in bringing about meaningful reform.
While the forum has concluded, the conversation is far from over. We believe that every voice is a cornerstone in building a resilient and empathetic society. We invite you to extend the dialogue beyond the confines of a single day. Share your perspectives, thoughts, and suggestions through our dedicated survey. Your input is invaluable as we continue to relay community feedback to the Ministry of Public Safety.
A special acknowledgment is reserved for Len Pierre, whose wisdom and guidance illuminated the unique challenges faced by our Indigenous communities in the realm of policing. Len’s teachings on fostering a respectful and understanding relationship with our Indigenous communities are not just lessons; they are the pillars upon which we aspire to build a future of inclusive and community-centric policing.
As we move forward, your voice remains the guiding light on this path of transformation and unity. The “Building Bridges – Community Forum” is not just an event; it’s a testament to what we can achieve when we come together, listen, and act. Together, we are not just bridging gaps; we are laying the foundations for a future where every community thrives in safety, respect, and mutual understanding.
Thank you for being an integral part of this journey. Let’s continue to build bridges, one voice at a time.