Chevi Rabbit, left. (Photo submitted)

Chevi Rabbit, left. (Photo submitted)

Ponoka advocate taking part in RCMP diversity advisory council

LGBT and Indigenous rights advocate Chevi Rabbit selected for council

  • Mar. 16, 2021 11:30 a.m.

By Kevin J. Sabo

For Ponoka News

Ponoka resident Chevi Rabbit is taking part in a new project of the Alberta RCMP in partnership with community members across the province.

The Commanding Officer’s Diversity Advisory Council was initiated by the Alberta RCMP to “explore and better understand diversity topics in the context of police activities,” states a recent RCMP press release.

The council aims to develop initiatives that enhance police relations and communications with diverse communities and citizens.

Rabbit, who is an advocate for both LGBT and Indigenous rights, is one of six Albertans who were selected as advisors to the council.

“I know that within the LGBT community and the Indigenous community, both fear the police,” said Rabbit.

“Lots feel targeted, lots face discrimination. I may have a positive experience with police officers, but I recognize through my work that a lot of marginalized groups don’t have those experiences.”

The council members are comprised of both internal Alberta RCMP members from all levels of the command, and active members of diverse communities from across the province, whose purpose is to sit in an advisory role “on matters related to community policing, diversity, and inclusion.”

“It’s a good start, and long overdue,” said Rabbit.

“I’m hoping, through my voice on (the council) we can reach reconciliation about the dark chapter of Canadian history, and the dark role (the RCMP) played in oppressing Indigenous people.

Rabbit went on to say she feels it’s time for the RCMP to modernize and root out systemic discrimination.

The Commanding Officer’s Diversity Advisory Council held their inaugural meeting in February and beginning in March, will be meeting one evening every two months, something which Rabbit is looking forward to.

“I want to make sure that I do good with the role, because I represent the LGBT community and also the indigenous community, and I think I’m the only one on the committee to represent those demographics,” said Rabbit.

“I think with my role, and the committee’s role, with our background as advocates, we can take all our experience we’ve learned over our lifetimes and bring that awareness to the (council).”

Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, Commanding Officer of Alberta RCMP was excited to hold the first council meeting last month.

“This is another way we can work with community members to enhance trust with all of the many citizens we serve,” said Zablocki in a press release.

“The Alberta RCMP will work towards change through meaningful discussions with the council members who all offer unique perspectives from their communities and experiences. Together, we will collaborate, share and listen.”

Rabbit, currently finishing school through Athabasca University, writes on Indigenous and LGBT issues for Black Press Media.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

DiversityRCMP

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Red Deer Rebels forward Arshdeep Bains eyes a loose puck in front of the Medicine Hat Tigers net Saturday night in WHL action at the Centrium. (Photo by ROB WALLATOR/Red Deer Rebels)
Rebels fall short in 12th straight loss

Tigers 5 Rebels 2 (Saturday) Tigers 3 Rebels 2 (Monday) The Red… Continue reading

Red Deer property owners will receive their 2019 property assessment notices in the next few days.  (File photo by Advocate staff)
Red Deer awaiting more details on how federal budget impacts city

The City of Red Deer is awaiting more information on how much… Continue reading

With a ban on sit-in dining once again in place, Las Palmeras owner Andre Lemus is gearing up for more takeout and delivery business. He has also applied to set up an outdoor patio, where dining is allowed under new restrictions. Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff
Big interest in outdoor patios in Red Deer as sit-down dining banned again

City of Red Deer has tweaked its patio regulations to make it easier to get a permit

A vial of the Medicago vaccine sits on a surface. CARe Clinic, located in Red Deer, has been selected to participate in the third phase of vaccine study. (Photo courtesy www.medicago.com)
Red Deer clinical research centre participating in plant-based COVID-19 vaccine trial

A Red Deer research centre has been selected to participate in the… Continue reading

Ottawa Senators' Connor Brown, right, scores on Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom during second-period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Monday, April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Connor Brown scores twice for Ottawa Senators in 4-2 win over Calgary Flames

Connor Brown scores twice for Ottawa Senators in 4-2 win over Calgary Flames

Canada head coach Bev Priestman reacts during the women's international friendly soccer match between England and Canada at Bet365 stadium in Stoke on Trent, England, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Priestman says her goal is to help Canada move up the Olympic podium after back-to-back bronze medals at the 2012 and 2016 Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Rui Vieira
Olympic soccer draw will allow Canadians to start planning on and off the pitch

Olympic soccer draw will allow Canadians to start planning on and off the pitch

Federal government’s extension of CEWS in budget is some good news for CFL franchises

Federal government’s extension of CEWS in budget is some good news for CFL franchises

Canada's Brendan Bottcher dropped a 6-3 decision to Scotland's Bruce Mouat in the men's final of the Humpty's Champions Cup. Bottcher makes a shot against Scotland at the Men's World Curling Championships in Calgary, Alta., Friday, April 9, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Mixed results for Canadian teams at Champions Cup as Homan wins, Bottcher loses

Mixed results for Canadian teams at Champions Cup as Homan wins, Bottcher loses

University of Victoria rowing coach Barney Williams is photographed in the stands during the Greater Victoria Invitational at CARSA Performance Gym at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, November 29, 2019. The University of Victoria says Williams has resigned effective immediately. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
University of Victoria women’s rowing coach resigns by mutual agreement

University of Victoria women’s rowing coach resigns by mutual agreement

Stewart Cink watches his drive down the second fairway during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sunday, April 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Cink coasts to win at Hilton Head for 2nd title of season

Cink coasts to win at Hilton Head for 2nd title of season

The Official UEFA Champions League match balls are on display ahead of the Champions League quarter final second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Threats of expulsion as UEFA confronts Super League rebel 12

Threats of expulsion as UEFA confronts Super League rebel 12

San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) motions to the crowd during a break to mark his passing Gordie Howe for most NHL games played in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, April 19, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Sharks’ Marleau breaks Howe’s NHL games played record

Sharks’ Marleau breaks Howe’s NHL games played record

Most Read