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Federal government to spend $291M over 5 years to improve First Nations policing – CBC
by ahnationtalk onJanuary 10, 201868 Views
Ottawa is also asking provinces, territories to increase their contributions
Jan 10, 2018
The Liberal government is injecting $291 million into policing in First Nations and Inuit communities in Canada over the next five years, following years of complaints and legal challenges from Indigenous police forces that they’ve been chronically underfunded.
The federal government pays about half the cost of policing for about 450 communities, including many remote and fly-in-only areas. Some 420,000 Canadians are affected.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Wednesday from Winnipeg that the investment will kick in starting next fiscal year and covers communities already in the First Nations policing programs.