Funded in part by the Vancouver Police Foundation, the Access, Recreation and Culture (ARC) program engages Indigenous youth who have an interest in criminal justice. Developed for youth aged 14 to 19, the 10-week program establishes a positive connection with the Vancouver Police Department, as well with leaders, artists and agencies in the Indigenous community.
Eight youth, aged 14 – 17 years, began the inaugural cohort in October of this year. Meeting at least once per week they participated in field trips to specialty sections of the VPD, cultural engagement through Elders and artists, and recreational activities, including a guided mountain hike with members of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
The next cohort will start in January 2019 and will run twice per year. Referrals to ARC are made by community partners including the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS) and the Pacific Community Resources Society. The youth are so keen on the program, they actually want to meet more than once a week and do more things with police members!