Lack Of Funding For Basic Tools Undermines First Nations Policing | Liam Massaubi

Lack of funding for basic services is all too common in First Nation communities. We have all heard the horror stories of people dying because of no access to basic health care, youth not having access to education and people not having access to basic necessities of the Western world such as water and hydro.

Now a First Nations police force, the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS), who serves and protects 35 northern Ontario communities is voting to strike because they do not have access to basic tools law enforcement should have and it is putting officers in high-risk "nightmarish" situations.

You'd think a police force would have 911 operators, a communications centre, emergency/medical/dangerous situations backup. But all these are absent with the NAPS.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada NAPS Local 401 applied to the Ontario Labour Relations Board to start the clock ticking on a strike deadline. Nearly 95 per cent of officers voted in favour of a strike back in July.

It seems like pure logic that funding would be ensured for police and emergency services in order to reduce crime and improve safety for the community. But it isn't for First Nation policing.

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