Importance Of Broad Based Consultation

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The Importance Of Broad-Based Consultation
There is a direct and intended correlation between thorough and extensive consulta-tions and resulting strong, compelling report recommendations that stakeholders can stand behind and support; and that ultimately governments will move quickly to imple-ment. When those consulted and the constituencies they represent can see their contributions and issues reflected in the final report and recommendations, they are much more likely to press governments for the implementation of said recommendations.
From inception, my objective was to develop and implement a consultation strategy and process for this Review that would be robust, broad-based and balanced; one that would provide both current and
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It was critically important for me to make sure that we were also well enough resourced to take the requisite time to consult as fully and widely as possible. Another significant element of our consultation strategy was an emphasis on remaining flexible. This allowed us the time as a team to remain nimble enough to course correct and reschedule in order to accommodate new consultation requests and proposals, stakeholder generated postponements, and receive follow-up information pertinent to the report content and recommendations.

Who We Heard From
Over the course of our almost 7 month consultation process, my Review team and I met with over 1,442 individuals in more than 125 private meetings and 18 public consulta-tions across Ontario, Canada and the United Kingdom. We consulted with affected families; policing stakeholders, including police associations, commissioners, chiefs of police and police service boards; Black and other radicalized communities, including Somali, Muslim and newcomer communities; on and off-reserve Indigenous communities and Inuit communities, including chiefs, elders, band members, Self-Administered First Nation Police Services representatives, and service providers; provincial and international government agencies and officials; experts and academics; mental health practitioners and survivors/consumers; youth and youth workers; LGBTQ representatives; women’s organizations; as well as the
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