January 12, 2018 – First Nation Policing Funding Announcement by Ottawa

Moose Factory, January 12 2018, Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon of Mushkegowuk Council issued the following statement on the federal government’s announcement of $291 million for Indigenous policing over five years:

“I congratulate the federal government for recognizing the need for more investments to keep Indigenous communities safe and secure. This funding is a good step in the right direction. Federal government officials have visited our communities and seen for themselves the large gaps and needs for policing. I believe they understand that safety and security is fundamentally important to the well-being of all Canadians, and that high-quality policing should be available to everyone, including First Nations communities.

Two young men died in a tragic police station fire in my community because of underfunding of our police. This must not happen again. We are committed to securing a binding legal guarantee of adequate police resources. We need this to put an end to the days of Indigenous policing being funded as an unpredictable, unstable, and non-essential government program. We are very hopeful that this funding announcement will help us move in that direction.”

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