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Seeks Coast Salish artist to design artwork expressing JIBC’s commitment to its relationships with Indigenous communities

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Police Academy is issuing a call for Indigenous artists to design artwork to express its commitment to strengthening its relationships with Indigenous communities served by the police agencies for which it trains recruits. 

The JIBC Police Academy trains recruits for all municipal police departments in B.C., Metro Vancouver Transit Police, and the Stlʼatlʼimx Tribal Police Service. Officers from these departments serve diverse communities across the province, stretching from Vancouver Island to the Lower Mainland, to Nelson. Its commitment to its relationships with Indigenous communities include incorporating Indigenous cultural safety training and Indigenous perspectives and teachings into the police recruit training program.

Side view of Police Academy vehicle.
The JIBC Police Academy has put out a call for Coast Salish artists to apply for a commission to design artwork for its fleet of vehicles. This is part of its efforts to express its commitment to its relationships with Indigenous communities.

As a part of its efforts, the JIBC Police Academy, in consultation with the JIBC Office of Indigenization, is commissioning a Coast Salish artist to create a visual representation of this commitment. The project will be to design artwork for the academy’s small fleet of training vehicles to be displayed along with the existing JIBC logo. The artwork would acknowledge the diverse communities of the police agencies the academy serves but also the academy’s core values of justice, safety and community, and the recruit training program’s integral values of integrity, diversity and respect.

The value of the commission for the project is C$3,000 and JIBC will acquire the intellectual property rights of the artwork through a contract with the successful candidate.

Any interested artists are asked to submit a brief (half page maximum) description of their vision for the artwork to by Feb. 1, 2022. Applications will be reviewed by the JIBC Police Academy and the JIBC Office of Indigenization and artists may be contacted to provide further details as required.

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Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.