PROVINCIAL LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE FIRST NATION POLICING AND COMMUNITY SAFETY
OTTAWA, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS) Board chairman Mike Metatawabin applauds sweeping changes to the Government of Ontario’s approach to policing with the introduction today of legislation that will see First Nation community safety backed by the rule of law.
“We have fought for years for a legislative base to improve community safety and mandate NAPS under the Police Services Act. This legislation ensures that, for the first time, First Nations will have access to the same level of policing as the rest of Ontario. The days of First Nations policing being run as a program are finally over. This is a historic moment, and the first time we are aware of that Indigenous police services have been mandated with the rule of law through legislation. This government has recognized the unique challenges our leaders face with the administration of justice in their communities, and the Safer Ontario Act raises the bar for safety in NAN First Nations. We are encouraged with assurances that the cultural autonomy of NAPS will be respected, which is vital to the success of policing in our communities,” said NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler.
“As the largest Indigenous police service in the country, the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service is proud to have worked in partnership with NAN to reach this day. A legislative basis for First Nations policing has been long overdue. Our officers are proud men and women who for far too long have done everything in their power to deliver adequate and effective policing without having the necessary resources in place. Safety backed by the rule of law will ensure that policing by our officers will be equitable to other police services in this province, and help improve the health and safety of our communities,” said NAPS Board Chairman Mike Metatawabin.
Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service
Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) is the largest First Nations police service in Canada and the second largest First Nations police service in North America, employing more than 134 uniform officers and 30 civilians. Based in Thunder Bay, NAPS polices 35 communities across NAN territory, which encompasses nearly two-thirds of the Province of Ontario.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is a political territorial organization representing 49 First Nation communities in James Bay Treaty No. 9 and Ontario portions of Treaty No. 5 – an area covering two thirds of the province of Ontario in Canada.
For more information about Nishnawbe Aski Police Service please contact: Mike Metatawabin, Board Chairman – (705) 288-7518 or by email napsboard%23ca|mmetatawabin
For more information about Nishnawbe Aski Nation please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – (807) 625-4965 or cell (807) 621-2790 or by email nan%23on%23ca|mheintzman