Kwanlin Dun creates tip line to improve safety

The Kwanlin Dun First Nation and Northwestel have created a new phone line to help people report suspected crimes and other safety concerns without having to give their names.

The Kwanlin Dun First Nation and Northwestel have created a new phone line to help people report suspected crimes and other safety concerns without having to give their names.

The move is part of a broader goal to improve safety for Kwanlin Dun citizens.

The new TIPS line allows people to anonymously report concerns about issues that include drug trafficking, bootlegging, domestic abuse, child protection and motor vehicle violations.

And because the phone line is anonymous, callers cannot be required to testify in court.

Marie-Louise Boylan, communications manager for the First Nation, said that’s an important consideration for Kwanlin Dun citizens.

“It’s a very intimate community, so people feel uncomfortable having to step forward. This is an opportunity just to say what’s on their mind.”

The TIPS line will be manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by Kwanlin Dun’s director of justice and justice service coordinator. They will pass information on to the RCMP or other authorities when necessary.

Boylan said this initiative is a way of getting past the mistrust some First Nation citizens feel toward the RCMP.

“The speed of building trust can be understandably slow,” she said. “Statistics have really shown that when First Nations are doing work with other First Nations, they’re more likely to get engaged… and come forward.”

Kwanlin Dun has undertaken a number of other safety measures in recent months, including improving outside lighting, clearing brush on trails and removing junk vehicles and other debris from the community.

The First Nation also plans to hire a security coordinator and security guards.

The new initiatives come in the wake of the high-profile murders of Brandy Vittrekwa and Allan Waugh in the McIntyre subdivision in 2014.

The TIPS line number is 867-456-TIPS (8477).

All emergencies requiring fire trucks, ambulances or the RCMP should still be called in to 9-1-1.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Higher camping fees, new campground, reconciliation efforts feature in Yukon parks 10-year strategy

Creating a new campground within two hours of Whitehorse, introducing higher camping… Continue reading

UPDATED: Driver in alleged Whitehorse gun-pointing incident arrested

Christopher Dick, 24, charged with obstructing a peace officer, failing to comply with release order

YG and pharmacies preparing for flu vaccine distribution

The Yukon government is preparing for flu season and encouraging people to… Continue reading

Non-resident tests positive for COVID-19

The individual has been hospitalized in Whitehorse

Yukon working with B.C. on COVID-19 “mouth rinse” tests for children

The tests are easier for children than the comparatively uncomfortable nose swab

Hot Hounds bikejor race serves as lone summer competition

Held in Mount Lorne, the race was organized by the Dog Powered Sports Association of the Yukon

Whitehorse operations building officially open

Staff are taking phased approach to moving in

North of Ordinary Experience Centre shutting down

COVID-19 has caused bookings for the space to become almost non-existent, owner says

Canada Games Centre could get new playground

Council to vote on contract award

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Harescramble brings out motorcycle community

This year’s event included 67 riders

YG seeks members for youth climate change panel

“Yukon youth deserve to have their voices heard”

Yukon NDP hold AGM

This year’s meeting was held virtually

Most Read