Message from the Office of the Chief of Police

Every child matters

Today, members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) join all Indigenous peoples and all Canadians as we mark the historic first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

On this day, we will honour, remember and commemorate the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and Indigenous communities.

We recognize the importance of remembering and reflecting on the painful legacy of the residential school system. We acknowledge and celebrate the important contributions of Indigenous peoples, past and present, to Waterloo Region, the province, and the country.

As a Police Service, we pause and reaffirm our commitment to reconciliation as we continue to take steps internally, and alongside our community partners.

Our members are engaged in ongoing learning about Indigenous histories and present-day issues as we seek to enhance our understanding and build self-awareness amongst our membership, which includes education and training Service-wide on Indigenous awareness.

We remain committed to building bridges and relationships to work collaboratively with local Indigenous partners. Through education and shared partnerships, we can make great progress towards reconciliation, and creating a community that is safer, stronger and more equitable for all.

Today, WRPS members will be wearing orange, and the Every Child Matters flag will be flown at WRPS Headquarters to raise awareness of the tragic legacy of residential schools, as well as remembering the lost children and to honour survivors.

We are privileged to join our community as we reflect on this first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

“Remember, reconciliation is yours to achieve. We owe it to each other to build a Canada based on our shared future, a future of healing and trust.”
– Justice Murray Sinclair

Bryan Larkin
Chief of Police
Waterloo Regional Police Service 

 

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