Highway of Tears
Community Safety Tookit

This Safety Toolkit was compiled by Carrier Sekani Family Services through support from the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General: Policing and Community Safety Branch a part of Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division.

The Toolkit includes information found to be useful for teaching prevention strategies to First Nations adults and youth. The material is intended to assist communities to promote safety in different ways.

We are beginning distribution of the toolkits during two day train the trainer sessions in the following municipalities: Prince George, Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Smithers, Terrace, Prince Rupert and Williams Lake. The training will be provided to designated members of the First Nations communities, educational institutions and community agencies along the Highway of Tears corridor.

The toolkit provides the following resources for adults and youth, most of which are available online:

  1. Justice Education Society of BC. Breaking the Cycle: Ending Violence Against Women in Aboriginal Communities. 2011. Print. (Website: http://www.justiceeducation.ca/resources/breaking-the-cycle).
  2. Nash, Andy. Civic Participation and Community Action Sourcebook: A Resource for Adult Educators. Boston: New England Literacy Resource Center, 2003. Print. (Website: http://tech.worlded.org/docs/vera/index1.htm). 
    1. Dissolve: a documentary on drug facilitated sexual assault. Dir. Michelle Porter. Moving Images Distribution, 2009. DVD. To order please go to: http://www.dissolvethemovie.com/To_Order.html 
    2. Dissolve: a documentary on drug facilitated sexual assault. Discussion Guide. Moving Images Distribution, 2009. Print. (Website: http://www.dissolvethemovie.com/About_The_Film__files/Dissolve%20Study%20Guide.pdf). 
  3. Crooks, Claire, et. al. Engaging and Empowering Aboriginal Youth: A Toolkit for Service Providers. Second edition, 2010. Print. (Website: http://www.youthrelationships.org/documents/!Toolkit%20Text%20-%20English.pdf). 
  4. Carrier Sekani Family Services, et. al. Healthy Dialogue for Healthy and Safe Communities: An Anti-Violence handbook for Communities. 
  5. Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centers. Kanawayhitowin: Taking Care of Each Others Spirit: Community Action Campaign to Prevent Woman Abuse in the Aboriginal Community. 2007. Print. (Website: http://www.kanawayhitowin.ca/pdfs/KanaMan.pdf, Training video: http://www.kanawayhitowin.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=26). 
  6. Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centers. Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin: I am a Kind Man TOOL KIT FOR ACTION. Second Edition, 2006. Print. (Website: http://www.iamakindman.ca/IAKM/pdf/KizhaayAdultToolkit.pdf). 
  7. Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centers. Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin: I am a Kind Man Young People’s Initiative. 2008. Print. (Website: http://www.iamakindman.ca/IAKM/pdf/KizhaayYouthToolkit.pdf). 
  8. Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. Missing Persons and Persons at Risk Toolkit. 2010. (Website: http://www.kanikanichihk.ca/). 
  9. Native Courtworker & Counseling Association of British Columbia. Trust Your Instincts: A guidebook for Women Who Work and Travel Alone. 2007. Print. (Online: http://nccabc.pmhclients.com/images/uploads/TrustYourInstinctsfinal.pdf). 
  10. Hamilton, Richard. M. Trust Your Instincts: The Police Notebook. University of Oklahoma Police Department, 2004. Web. 14 August 2012. Print. (Website: http://www.ou.edu/oupd/trustyor.htm). 
  11. The Native Courtworker and Counseling Association of BC. Women’s Right to Be Safe. 2007. Print. (Website: http://nccabc.pmhclients.com/images/uploads/Be_Safe_web.pdf). 
  12. Ending Violence Association of BC. YOU ARE NOT ALONE: Violence, Substance Use and Mental Health: A Peer Approach to Increasing Your Safety. 2009. Print. (Website: http://www.endingviolence.org/files/uploads/PAVEWorkbook.pdf). 
  13. Just Education Society of BC. Youth Against Violence: Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls. 2011. Print. (Website: http://www.justiceeducation.ca/resources/youth-against-violence). 
  14. Highway of Tears Symposium Recommendations Report: A Collective Voice for the Victims Who Have Been Silenced. 

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This project was made possible through a generous contribution from the Civil Forfeiture Office in partnership with Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division, Ministry of Justice.