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Council should reconsider ‘very serious’ issue of all-white police board, says Indigenous advocate – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 8, 202371 Views

Feb 08, 2023

New provincial legislation may allow police boards to expand

Criticism over the all-white Windsor police services board continues, with a prominent Indigenous community member now asking city council to reconsider its recent public appointment.

Beverly Jacobs said she wasn’t surprised to learn council appointed Sophia Chisholm to a four-year term on the police board last month. However, she said it highlights a “very serious” ongoing issue: Indigenous people and others from racially diverse groups aren’t being included in governance positions that affect them.

“It’s serious because everything has been white. Systems are white. Colonial systems are white. University systems are white. Police systems are white. Colonial law is white,” said Jacobs, who’s currently the senior advisor to the president of the University of Windsor on Indigenous relations and outreach.

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