Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security Meeting Summary - Planning Meeting

June 3-5, 2006, Gatineau, Quebec

Participants: The Minister of Public Safety, along with senior government officials from Justice, Canadian Heritage, RCMP and Public Safety participated in the dialogue with the members.

Issues of Discussion: Members discussed the implementation of the 2006 - 2007 Work Plan. Members also gained a better understanding of the federal, provincial, and municipal governments' emergency management infrastructure. Discussions followed which identified means by which communities, Roundtable members, and government officials could collaborate at the local level, to ensure proper community relations are in place to prevent hate crimes and backlash that could potentially result from a terrorist event. Planning for proposed fall regional symposia was also discussed in more detail.

Outcomes: Roundtable members met to start planning and implementing their 2006 – 2007 Work Plan. Members have agreed to undertake a series of regional symposia to discuss the citizen's role in national security, and will continue fostering an on-going dialogue on issues of national security through the facilitation of local outreach events.

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