Norm Leech

Norm Leech

Executive Director, Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing

Norm Leech has been the Executive Director for the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre (VACPC) since 2016. The VACPC serves the 70,000 urban Indigenous people in Vancouver from across the Americas. Indigenous peoples are over-represented in most negative social health indicators, whether homelessness, incarceration, crime victims, children-in-care, poverty, missing, murdered, income, suicide, life expectancy, and on and on.

Norm is a frequent facilitator and speaker on the Indigenous experience with colonization. He was born and raised in East Vancouver, with ancestry in the T’it’q’et community of the St’at’imc nation where he served as Chief and then Administrator. He draws on his experiences as a recovering alcoholic/ addict, computer nerd, inter-generational survivor, and spiritual explorer to inform his current work.

He is trained in facilitation with the Equitas and St’at’imc Restorative Justice. Norm worked with the National Centre for First Nations Governance developing Indigenous governance models. Norm facilitates the Indigenous cultural sessions for Police Academy and Sheriffs Academy at the Justice Institute. He teaches Indigenous Tools For Living (ITFL) across Canada and online. ITFL is built upon Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy (IFOT), which is an Indigenous, body-centred and land-based approach to trauma.