More and more – in cities around the world – people are calling for police forces to be defunded and abolished.  In Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory / Homeland of the Metis Nation, Indigenous Peoples have been fighting back against police violence since settler police forces first arrived on these lands.

The fight continues and this means more people are asking questions like: what does police “abolition” mean? What about defunding – what would that look like? Is the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) as harmful as critics say? What would a world – or our city – look like without the police?  

We believe awareness and self-education are an important building block in the movement to abolish the police and create communities of care.  

We also know that many people who want to learn more about police abolition aren’t sure where to start looking for answers to questions they might have. We hope this page will help. This is a living resource that we will add to over time. Keep checking back in!

Visit our ABOUT  page to learn more about Winnipeg Police Cause Harm and our mission to defund the Winnipeg Police Service.

WPS Abolition 101

More from our blog:

We are working on gathering learning resources about the following topics. Stay tuned.

  • Police-Free Schools
  • Disability Justice
  • Abolition Feminism
  • Racial Justice
  • Decolonization
  • LGBTQ2S* Liberation
  • Migrant Justice
  • Anti-Capitalism
  • Climate Action
  • The Right to the City
  • Mental Health
  • Harm Reduction
  • Transformative Justice

Please get in touch if there are any resources or themes you would like to see included. You can reach us at wpgpolicecauseharm@gmail.com.