First Nations Chiefs of Police Association (FNCPA) welcomes the decision by Public Safety Canada not to appeal the IPCO v. Public Safety Canada ruling. The ruling had ordered funds to flow immediately to three police services for the next twelve months.
This announcement was delivered by Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino to the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association executives while meeting in Tsuut’ina Nation today.
Treaty Three Police Service, UCCM Anishinaabe Police Service, and Anishinabek Police Service were operating without funds since March 31, 2023. The Indigenous Police Chiefs of Ontario (IPCO) filed an emergency injunction on their behalf which was held in a federal court hearing on June 14, 2023.
Minister Mendicino also confirmed that the terms and conditions under the First Nations and Inuit Policing Program restricting funds used towards specialized services was lifted.
“Today was a productive discussion with Minister Mendicino and his staff regarding Indigenous Policing. We look forward to a continued partnership that sees adequate policing services for the communities we serve” says Chief Jerel Swamp, Rama Police Service and President of FNCPA.
First Nations Chiefs of Police Association speaks as one voice for the advancement and sustainability of self-administered First Nations’ policing in Canada, by aiding and developing innovative methods to enhance public safety and wellness, while embracing our communities’ unique cultural and traditional values.
Donna Anderson, Communications Specialist
First Nations Chiefs of Police Association