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Regina’s post-secondary institutions sign on to community safety protocol

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: January 23, 2020 4:00 p.m.

L-R: Dave Button, VP (Administration), U of R; Kevin Cameron, Executive Director, NACTATR; Riel Bellegarde, President and CEO, SIIT; Police Chief Evan Bray and Co-chair of the RHSP; and Stacey Mamer, Campus Safety & Security, Manager, at SaskPoly sign on to the RHSP VTRA Protocol.
L-R: Dave Button, VP (Administration), U of R; Kevin Cameron, Executive Director, NACTATR; Riel Bellegarde, President and CEO, SIIT; Police Chief Evan Bray and Co-chair of the RHSP; and Stacey Mamer, Campus Safety & Security, Manager, at SaskPoly sign on to the RHSP VTRA Protocol. Photo: U of R Photography

“It is important that all of us get to know one another, that we work together as we are all from the same Creator and are all walking the same path together,” said Elder Margaret Keewatin at the opening of an important safety event in the life of the City of Regina.

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Elder Margaret Keewatin,
Saskatchewan Indian
Institute of Technology

It was in this spirit of caring, cooperation, and collaboration that the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina gathered today at the University to sign on to the Regina Human Service Partnership (RHSP) Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment & Support Protocol. 

“Unfortunately, we know all too well that violent incidents can occur at any time and in any community. It is imperative that community organizations work together to identify those who may be contemplating and planning violence - not only to help prevent it, but also to ensure that we are prepared to provide appropriate responses and supports should an incident occur,” said Dave Button, Vice-President, Administration at the University of Regina. 

“By signing this Protocol the University of Regina is joining with our partner agencies in a proactive community based and collaborative approach to preventing and responding to such incidents.” 

The original RHSP Community Violence Threat Assessment and Support Protocol was signed in 2017 by nine members of the Partnership:

  • Regina Public Schools;
  • Regina Catholic Schools;
  • Regina Police Service;
  • Regina Fire & Protective Services;
  • Mental Health and Addictions Service (Regina); Integrated Health Services – Urban, Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • Ministry of Corrections and Policing;
  • South Service Area, Child & Family Programs, Ministry of Social Services;
  • Regina Open Door Society; and,
  • The City of Regina, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services.
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Members of the Regina Human
Service Partnership to the
University of Regina for signing
ceremony.


“The addition of these three post-secondary institutes to the Protocol is a great step toward making our schools and community safer,” said City of Regina Police Chief Evan Bray and Co-chair of the RHSP. “Implementation of this Protocol supports collaborative planning among the partners to reduce violence and prevent traumatic events and is based on best practices identified by the North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response.” 

The North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response (NACTATR) was established by J. Kevin Cameron in the aftermath of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton Colorado and a second school shooting eight days later in Alberta, Canada. Cameron led the school-based crisis team in Canada. 

“By bringing together police, educational leaders, social workers, mental health experts, and others, worrisome behaviors in schools, workplaces, or organizations can be identified and resolved,” said Cameron, Executive Director, NACTATR. “In the unfortunate situations where violence has occurred, NACTATR offers a comprehensive adaptive trauma response system that quickly restores stability and helps identify systemic interventions to restore or maintain public trust.” 

Mr. Cameron was onsite at the U of R teaching a class of leaders from the U of R and other provincial colleges, school boards, and agencies about the Violence Threat Risk Assessment and the importance of an inclusive and comprehensive approach to community safety.              

“SIIT has made it our priority to continue to participate in Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) training, and activities which includes the development of partnerships with other educational institutions, community support organizations and law enforcement agencies,” said Riel Bellegarde, President and CEO, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. “By engaging in activity focused on early intervention, we are looking forward to work together to promote safe spaces for all.” 

The Protocol allows community organizations to collaborate on planning, identifying risks, and sharing information and resources addressing traumatic violence and conflict. 

“The health, safety, and security of students, employees and visitors on our campuses is a top priority for Saskatchewan Polytechnic,” said Dr. Larry Rosia, President and CEO at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. "We recognize we can create safer environments by working together. By collaborating with partners of the Regina and Area Community Threat Assessment and Support Protocol we continue our work towards safer schools and campuses in education and post-secondary.”