Agreement reached to establish the Siksika Nation Police Force

The Siksika Nation will take over policing responsibilities from the Alberta RCMP, the United Conservative government announced on Friday.

According to a press release, the First Nation of southern Alberta has reached an agreement with the Alberta government and federal government that will allow it to create its own police force.

This comes after the Siksika Nation asked Ottawa to remove roadblocks preventing the creation of a new Indigenous police force in July.

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The Siksika Nation, 80 miles east of Calgary, had its own police force from 1992 to 2002, but the 10-year contract with the federal and provincial governments that founded the organization was not renewed due to a lack of funding.

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Efforts to restore police service have been on hold in recent 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.

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This is Canada’s first self-governing First Nation police service in 14 years, the Alberta government said. The Siksika Nation also intends to establish a prosecutor’s office, which the nation said would be the first of its kind in Canada.

“The recent tragic events in Saskatchewan have underscored the importance of First Nations policing. Every individual has the inherent right to security and protection, and the establishment of a Siksika-managed police force will help secure that right,” Siksika Nation chief Ouray Crowfoot said in a statement on Friday.

“Siksika Police and Prosecutors are fundamental building blocks for a safe Siksika. It is these types of partnerships that make me proud to represent Siksika and call myself an Albertan and Canadian.”

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The Alberta government said it will work with the Siksika Nation to demand a clear operational timeline and negotiate an interim agreement with the Canadian government.

“Alberta’s government clearly supports self-governing First Nations policing. With a population of nearly 8,000 and one of the largest geographic footprints of any First Nation in Canada, the Siksika Nation is poised and poised to take this critical step and become Alberta’s fourth self-governing First Nation police service,” Attorney General Tyler Shandro said in a statement Friday.

— with files by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press.

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