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State of Emergency over Indigenous police funding

By Adam Riley Jun 12, 2023 | 12:04 PM

The Anishninabek Nation has declared a state of emergency due to inequitable funding for policing.

The decision was made on June 7th during its Grand Council Assembly.

This comes a little over two months since the funding agreement for the Anishinabek Police Service and the United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin Anishnaabe Police expired as a result of the federal government refusing to renegotiate more equitable agreements.

The Anishinabek Nation is accusing the federal government of refusing to renegotiate more equitable agreements, which it says poses both financial challenges and threatens fundamental rights and justice.

The Anishinabek Police Service provides policing for communities in the Robinson Superior Treaty, which includes the Fort William First Nation.

Meanwhile a release from the federal New Democrats has them calling on the Trudeau Liberals to hold good faith negotiations.

They note if a deal is not reached in addition to the Anishinabek Police Service and the UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service, the Treaty Three Police Service will also be affected, and risks having 45 First Nation communities and more than 30,000 people without a police service by the end of this month.

Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP Carol Hughes and Nunavut MP Lori Idlout will be joined by the Indigenous Police Chiefs of Ontario at a press conference starting at noon to call for the government to uphold its commitments to First Nations and Inuit policing.


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