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Deal to establish Siksika Nation police force

The Siksika Nation will be taking over policing responsibilities from the Alberta RCMP.

 

The Siksika Nation will be taking over policing responsibilities from the Alberta RCMP.

This comes after Siksika Nation called on Ottawa to eliminate roadblocks preventing the creation of a new Indigneous police force in July. 

The Siksika Nation had its own police force from 1992 to 2002, but the 10-year agreement with the federal and provinical government that established the organization wasn't renewed due to lack of funding. Efforts to re-establish the police service have been on hold for the past couple years as the federal government completes a review of its First Nations and Inuit Policing Program. The nation then signed a memorandum of understanding with the Alberta government in July to work toward establishing a police force in Siksika. 

This is Canada's first self-administered First Nation police service in 14 years. Siksika Nation is also looking to develop a prosecutor's office, which the nation said would be the first of its kind in Canada. 

Siksika Chief Ouray Crowfoot said this will take some time to implement.

The Alberta Government said it will work together with Siksika Nation to demand a clear operational timeline and negotiate a transition agreement with the Government of Canada. 

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