UCCM police welcomes community mobilization assistant to their team

UCCM Anishnaabe Police

M’CHIGEENG—The UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service (UCCM APS) welcomes Teresa Nahwegahbow to its police service.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Teresa Nahwegahbow to the UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service family,” stated James Killen, chief of police. “Teresa joins the service as the community mobilization assistant (CMA). The CMA will work to fulfill the project implementation plan for the Lighting the Fire Within project.”

“She will also work with our social navigator by assisting with capacity building within the police service in the area of culture and trauma informed services, the creation and delivery of an early intervention pre-charge program (targeting non-criminal domestic dispute offenders), and delivering an interest-based domestic violence education program targeted towards children and youth,” continued Mr. Killeen.

Ms. Nahwegahbow recently moved back home to Whitefish River First Nation, from Peterborough. Prior to relocating to Ontario in late 2017, she worked for 14 years within the Dene, Cree and Metis communities of Wood Buffalo in northeast Alberta. There, she had the opportunity to share in the development and delivery of an employment transition program which she facilitated with her late husband.

On her return to Ontario, Ms. Nahwegahbow had the opportunity to work within the urban Indigenous community of Peterborough. In her role as program/human resource manager, she was able to support and be a resource to 27 staff members of Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre.

“She is excited to be working as part of the community mobilization team and is looking forward to working within the UCCM communities, meeting all of you and helping to strengthen community partnerships. Please help me welcome Teresa Nahwegahbow to the team,” added Mr. Killeen.