Community Safety – Policing

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AIAI Position

AIAI believes that our Member nations should have professional, culturally appropriate and accountable policing services regardless of who it is delivered by.

Background

Five of the seven Member Nations represented by AIAI are signatories to the Ontario First Nations Policing Agreement (OFNPA). Our role is to advocate for an agreement that best represents the interest of our nations. These communities are Batchewana First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, Delaware Nation, and Oneida Nation of the Thames.

The original policing agreement that covered the period from 1991 to 1996 was intended to be temporary and transitional. The intent was for all First Nations to start community led stand-alone police services. AIAI will continue to support each community in its choice of policing services.

This work is based on recommendations from the Ipperwash Inquiry which highlighted the need for culturally safe policing for First Nations. The two recommendations include:

#58: Federal, provincial, and First Nation governments should commit to developing long-range plans for First Nation policing in Ontario.

#59: Federal, provincial, and First Nation governments should commit to developing a secure legislative base for First Nation police services in Ontario.

Staff Contact
Name: Natasha George

Email: NGeorge@aiai.on.ca

Phone: 519.434.2761 ext. 240

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