Our Shared Future: Windows into Canada’s Reconciliation Journey — A Review

  • Peter D Shipley Chief Instructor of both the Strategic Research & Planning and the Leadership & Design Units at the Ontario Provincial Police Academy, Orillia, ON; Past Chair of the State and Provincial Police Academy Directors section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Alexandria, VA; Part-time Professor at Georgian College, Barrie, ON; Past President of the Canadian Association of Police Educators
Keywords: calls to action, trauma-informed education, leadership

Abstract

The challenges and complexity of the reconciliation process are still not well understood by a large number of non-Indigenous people in Canada. As a nation, we are attempting to grasp the intricacy of how to unravel and atone for the damage that has been done in establishing and managing the more than 130 residential schools in Canada. This not only impacted more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children but destroyed generations of families that are still and will continue to be impacted for years to come. The official apology from Prime Minister Stephen Harper on June 11, 2008, to all Indigenous people in Canada for the atrocities of the Indian Residential Schools was the start of a very long and painful continuous journey. The 94 calls to action released in 2015 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission provide a road map to a complex recovery process for Indigenous people across the country. In January 2018, Health Canada held a national panel discussion with Indigenous leaders and experts on the question “Reconciliation—What Does it Mean?” One of the main themes of reconciliation revolves around education, and, in order to stay focused, we must continue to educate Canadians, including police leaders and new recruits, as we move through the meandering path of econciliation. The book Our Shared Future provides an outstanding in-depth look through the windows into a number of individual perspectives on the reconciliation journey.

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Author Biography

Peter D Shipley, Chief Instructor of both the Strategic Research & Planning and the Leadership & Design Units at the Ontario Provincial Police Academy, Orillia, ON; Past Chair of the State and Provincial Police Academy Directors section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Alexandria, VA; Part-time Professor at Georgian College, Barrie, ON; Past President of the Canadian Association of Police Educators

Dr. Peter D. Shipley, M.O.M., B.P.H.E., C.E.P., M. Ed., Ed. D.  Strategic Research and Planning, Ontario Provincial Police Academy

        Chief Instructor Peter Shipley has served as the International Chair of the State and Provincial Police Academy Directors section (SPPADS) of the IACP. Chief Instructor Shipley has served SPPADS since 2008 and was elected as the Mid-West Region Representative in 2009 for 2 years. He was then appointed as the International Secretary-Treasurer for a 2 year period in 2011. In 2013,Chief Instructor Shipley became only the second Canadian in SPPADS history to have been elected to the Chair positon.   He has been with the Ontario Provincial Police for 30 years and has served as the Chief Instructor, General Patrol Training Unit at the OPP Academy 2008-2018. He has served as President of the Canadian Association of Police Educators and is currently an Executive Board member. He has also served as President of the Police Fitness Personnel of Ontario for 5 years.  

        Chief Instructor Shipley has overseen the implementation and delivery of frontline General Patrol Training Courses which includes 90 on site and deployed virtual learning courses annually. The OPP Academy has training facilities which include: O’Grady Hall Residence which has 144 beds and fitness facility; 3 crime scene houses; 10 classrooms; 4 computer classrooms, cafeteria and auditorium.  The Academy also has an indoor range and 6 outdoor ranges which cover 45 hectares.      

        Chief Instructor Shipley holds a Doctorate of Education from the American College of Education; Master of Education Degree from Brock University Honours degree from the University of Toronto, in Physical and Health Education;and a Queens University, School of Business, Leadership Certification.  He is also a Certified Human Behaviour Consultant, Master Trainer for PREP (Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police), Certified Exercise Physiologist, and holds a Black Belt in the martial art of Judo.  Peter is also a part-time adjunct Professor at Georgian College in the Bachelor of Human Services, Police Studies program.

Published
2020-11-10
How to Cite
Shipley, P. D. (2020). Our Shared Future: Windows into Canada’s Reconciliation Journey — A Review. Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, 5(4), 178-182. https://doi.org/10.35502/jcswb.165
Section
Book Review