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FSIN cautiously optimistic about funding for First Nations policing –

by ahnationtalk on January 12, 201895 Views

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Monday the federal government is injecting $291 million into policing and resources in First Nations and Inuit communities, across the country, over the next five years starting in the 2018-19 fiscal year.

$102 million of the funding was announced in the 2017 budget with an additional $189.2 million included this week; the funding will be used to support officer safety, policing equipment and salaries, plus the addition of 110 new officers.

Only 48 of the 74 First Nations communities in Saskatchewan are eligible to receive the funding because they’re under the 32 Community Tripartite Agreements (CTA) in the province. A CTA is an agreement under the First Nations Policing Program between communities and federal and provincial governments where a dedicated contingent of RCMP officers provide policing services to a First Nations or Inuit community.

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