Success is in partnership and inclusion of all forces. A collaborative model to facilitate the integration and success of newcomers: From left to right: Superintendent Brad Ward; the president of AJFAS, Emmanuel Mulumba; Senator Claudette Tardif; AJFAS Director General Luketa M’Pindou and Stephen Mill, CIC Ministerial Representative. – Photo: Le Franco – Taking advantage of the presence of people gathered at Campus Saint-Jean to participate in the community forum “Strengthening the collaboration between the Correctional Service Canada and the Francophone ethnocultural communities”, the Alberta Youth-Family Alliance Society (AJFAS) has launched a booklet for immigrant families. Entitled “Book for Strengthening Harmony between Immigrant Communities and the Police Service“, this 15-page tool marks a new milestone in a series of initiatives put in place by AJFAS.
It was in the presence of the honorary president of the Caravan against Discrimination, Senator Claudette Tardif, that the launch took place. “The guide provides a comprehensive portrait of the role of the Edmonton Police Service and answers individuals’ questions about their rights and responsibilities,” says Senator Tardif. As pointed out by the latter, this tool could have a greater scope. “A better knowledge of ethnocultural communities by the police could bring the police service to a better understanding of the needs of these communities,” believes the Senator.
The representative of Edmonton Police Chief Brad Ward shares this view. “This tool is the direct result of a strong partnership. Beyond the shared vision that we share, the information found there is concise and easy to understand. This partnership with the Francophone community could mark the beginning of partnerships with other cultural communities in Edmonton, “says Ward. It was the funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that made this project possible. “Hopefully, the development of this booklet will help newcomers better understand their rights and responsibilities in Canadian civil society,” says Stephen Mill, CIC’s Minister’s Representative.