Saskatoon police are honouring a local couple for their work in creating a stronger relationship between the force and Indigenous communities.

Maria and Walter Linklater will be presented with the Badge, Shield and Star Award Wednesday evening.

Walter passed away in 2018 but Maria continues to advise police on a number of issues.

The couple’s work with the Saskatoon Police Service dates back to 1995 when the Indigenous relations consultant position was created.

They also provided consultation on the designing of the Cultural Room at police headquarters and were the first elders to join the Chief’s Advisory Committee.

As well, the Linklaters served as elders overseeing the Peacekeepers Program and helped design Indigenous-specific training courses at the Canadian Police College.