A new decal design on Treaty Three Police Service vehicles was unveiled this week to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) and hopefully start more discussions on the issue.
Unveiled May 5, the National Day of Awareness for MMIWG, the decal was created in collaboration with the grand council Treaty 3 women’s council, elder Howard Copenance and Sharon Johnson, an MMIWG advocate.
Jody Smith, spirit of hope co-ordinator for TTPS, was the project lead. She said they started working on the new decal a couple of months ago, having virtual meetings throughout the process.
Police behind decal idea
The idea for the decal was brought forward by officers who wanted to generate discussions about MMIWG, according to a news release.
Smith said the collaboration was done “respectfully.”
“We really wanted to be mindful of past and present … women, mothers, sisters, daughters and to be respectful of our sacred roles of women.”
Smith said the design came from a vision that was shared from a woman who is on the women’s council, and different elements to the design were added collaboratively.
“So when you look at the detail, there’s quite a bit of different elements in there and also shows inclusiveness of all genders,” said Smith.
“[You’ll see] the eagle, the bear … a teepee. You’ll see a staff, a drum, a man and a woman dressed in red and then two-spirited colours within the drum and our grandmothers are also on the face of the drum.”
The new decal isn’t on any vehicles yet, but is expected to be later in the year.