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THE BEAR CLAN PATROL WAS FIRST FORMED IN WINNIPEG’S NORTH END IN 1992. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS THE VOLUNTEER SAFETY GROUP WENT ON HIATUS. BUT IN JULY 2015 THEY RETURNED TO PATROL THE STREETS AGAIN……

IT CAME ABOUT AS A RESULT OF THE ONGOING NEED TO ASSUME OUR TRADITIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE SECURITY TO OUR ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY. GIVEN THAT THE ABORIGINAL POPULATION IN WINNIPEG IS ANYWHERE FROM 60,000 TO 80,000, AND IS HEAVILY CONCENTRATED IN CERTAIN INNER CITY NEIGHBOURHOODS, IT WAS FELT THAT THE COMMUNITY MUST ORGANIZE TO KEEP THE PEACE AND TO ASSIST COMMUNITY MEMBERS. THE CONCEPT BEHIND THE PATROL, THEN, IS COMMUNITY PEOPLE WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE PERSONAL SECURITY IN THE INNER CITY IN A NON-THREATENING, NON-VIOLENT AND SUPPORTIVE WAY. THE PATROL OPERATES OUT OF THE NDINAWE DROP IN LOCATED IN THE CITY’S NORTH END.