Indigenous and Metis
On Friday, May 5, 2017, a monument to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls was officially unveiled on the plaza area in front of the building. The monument was made possible through a collaboration with the Saskatoon Tribal Council, the Province of Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon and the SPS.
“The Saskatoon Police Service is honoured to be the home for the monument to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls,” said Police Chief Clive Weighill. “It is our hope that the monument represents not only a place of reflection and peace, but also represents the strong partnerships our Service has with the Saskatoon Tribal Council, the families of victims of violence, the province of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon.”
Created by artist Lionel Peyachew, the life-sized bronze sculpture depicts a woman named Wicanhpi Duta Win or Red Star Woman, a fancy dancer with her shawl as her wings. The sculpture was chosen in 2015 following a vote on several different submissions. The project is funded by the STC, the Province of Saskatchewan and the SPS.
“The Saskatoon Tribal Council has been working with the Saskatoon Police Service, the City of Saskatoon and the Province since 2015 to acknowledge the tremendous importance of focusing on our murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls,” said Tribal Chief Felix Thomas. “This monument exemplifies the serious impact even one Indigenous murdered or missing woman or girl has on our community, not just our First Nations, but everyone the city, the province the country this is a problem that affects us all.”
Tribal Chief Felix Thomas makes a presentation to Chief of Police Clive Weighill at the Grand Opening Ceremony of the new Saskatoon Police Headquarters on July 16, 2014.
The Grand Entry at the U of S Graduation Powwow held May 29, 2013 in The Bowl on campus which celebrated the graduating Aboriginal students from the U of S and high schools across the province.
The Saskatoon Police Service held its first annual Thank You Feast on September 23, 2010 at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge. The feast was planned in an effort to thank local Elders, Chiefs and many partner agencies for their assistance in working with the Saskatoon Police Service. The event began with a traditional pipe ceremony and the feast was served by members of the SPS.