Governments of Canada, Alberta and Siksika Nation announce transition to self-administered Siksika police service

Public Safety Canada

Today, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Tyler Shandro and Siksika Nation Chief Ouray Crowfoot issued the following statement:

“We are pleased to announce that the Governments of Canada, Alberta and the Siksika Nation are moving forward with a self-administered police service. Over the coming years, a First Nations police service will take over responsibility for policing the Siksika reserve – the second largest in Canada – from the RCMP.

“The transition to the self-administered police service for the Siksika Nation is the first in Canada in 14 years. The Ministers and Chief also discussed an operational timeline to support a smooth and efficient process. As a first step, two full-time employees supported by the federal and provincial governments will be dedicated to advancing this work.

“Enhancing and expanding First Nations policing to serve more communities is a top priority for both governments and key milestone on the road of reconciliation. Today’s agreement with the Siksika Nation is a perfect example of this important work to support effective policing by First Nations, for First Nations.”

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