BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Community and Public Safety Professional Diploma

Community and Public Safety Professional Diploma

The Community and Public Safety Professional
Diploma program prepares students for a career in
the public safety sector. Graduates will be able
to use their certificate to pursue applying to
their field of interest within public safety
Graduates will be able to pursue multiple career
pathways in the field of public safety. By moving
from policing specific and a tone of law
enforcement, the revised program will introduce
students to a variety of opportunities including
but not limited to, policing, corrections, border
services, conservation, bylaw, sheriff, SPCA,
coroner, Fisheries and Ocean Canada, probation,
military, and commercial vehicle safety. As
students explore the various professions in the
sector, they will also examine the complex
socio-historical relationship between Canada and
Indigenous people, thus challenging their beliefs
and assumptions about present day relations
between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people,
specifically in the criminal justice system. In
doing so, learners will develop an enhanced
understanding of the impact of colonization on
Indigenous people and be better prepared in their
selected field and the people they serve.

The Community and Public Safety Diploma Program
aims to provide graduates with:
. a decolonized perspective on criminal justice
and a deepened understanding of traditional
justice practices relevant to a contemporary
movement toward alternative methods for addressing
crime and punishment
. an enhanced understanding of recent publications
relevant to the field of public safety including
but not limited to the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission's (TRC) Calls to Action, the United
Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples (UNDRIP) and Bill 41 in British Columbia,
and the Murder and Missing Indigenous Women and
Girls Inquiry (MMIWG) and the relationship between
public safety and the purpose of these documents
. an understanding of the disparities that exist
in the criminal justice system that has
contributed to the overrepresentation of
Indigenous people in the system
. an understanding of the mistrust that Indigenous
people have for Canada's criminal justice system
. an understanding of how political, social and
economic environments contribute to challenges
faced by Indigenous people
. an understanding of public service theory and
. excellent interpersonal communication skills
. a professional manner
. empathetic and caring attitude
. a basic understanding of trauma-informed
. an understanding of public safety principles and
. problem solving abilities
. an ability to work effectively individually and
in groups
. a combination of academic, experiential and
community-based learning
. skills for self care and mindfulness

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