"Our police service staff have dedicated themselves to the safety and wellbeing of our community, and we look forward to taking you on a journey through the stories that have changed the lives of community members and officers."
— Chief Keith Blake
Tosguna, the community’s name for their Tribal Police Service, have a long and storied history. When the Tsuut’ina migrated south and joined the Blackfoot Confederacy of Nations, the people soon realized they needed a way to keep order, ensure peace within their community and help preserve their language and cultural traditions. A warrior’s society, Tosguna, was created.
Tosguna were the original Tribal Police. They served the entire community and everyone within the community respected them and their work. They were the designated peacekeepers when there were serious disputes, mediators when people disagreed, healers when things went wrong. Through the Tosguna, their revered ‘Black Soldiers’, the Tsuut’ina Nation had taken charge of its own destiny.
In 1993, to help create greater understanding and sensitivity for policing in First Nations communities, the Canadian government established First Nations Policing Policies which enabled Tsuut’ina to begin their own police service. The Tosguna, now in uniform with their own unique set of laws, and regulations, became an official component of the Tsuut’ina Nation.
Today, new officers are recruited from both inside and outside the Nation. Men and women can be indigenous or non-indigenous. Newcomers are welcomed into the community. The shape and challenges of contemporary policing may have changed dramatically, but Tsuut’ina’s modern Tribal Police still strive to put their primary emphasis on community service.