Community Events

Indian Ernie Presentation

Thursday, June 01, 2017 - Thursday, June 01, 2017

7 - 8 p.m. at the Elbow Civic Centre.

(from Chapters Indigo)  His first book INDIAN ERNIE:  When he began his career with the Saskatoon Police in 1987, Ernie Louttit was only the city’s third native police officer.  Indian Ernie, as he came to be known on the streets, here details an era of challenge, prejudice, and also tremendous change in urban policing.  Drawing from his childhood, army career, and service as a veteran patrol officer, Louttit shares stores of criminals and victims, the night shift, avoiding politics, but most of all, the realities of the marginalized and disenfranchised.

Louttit spent his entire career (including as a Sergeant) patrolling the streets of Saskatoon’s west side, an area until recently beset by poverty, and terrible social conditions.  Here, he struggled to bring justice to communities where the lines between criminal and victim often blurred.  Though Louttit’s story is characterized by conflict, danger, and violence, he argues that empathy and love for the community you serve are the greatest tools in any officer’s hands.

Come to hear his message today after 26 years on the force, and 3 books.

Event sponsored by the Elbow Library, Loreburn Central School, and the Elbow RCMP.  Donation jar at the door.  Books for sale at the event for $25.  Ernie will be happy to sign them for you.

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