First Nations communities in the North are getting closer to Indigenous-led policing.

The provincial and federal governments are investing $1.4 million to conduct community safety needs analysis through public engagement sessions. This is part of a broader feasibility study for First Nations policing.

“This contribution agreement is a key milestone in our partnership with the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, aiming to advance culturally sensitive policing across our communities. We are thankful for this support, which will allow us to undertake a comprehensive feasibility study. Our goal is to ensure that our public safety strategies are effective and truly reflective of the unique values of Prince Albert Grand Council’s member First Nations,” said Prince Albert Grand Council Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte.

The First Nations and Inuit Policing Program (FNIPP) provides funding to support professional, dedicated and culturally responsive policing services. The program supports tripartite policing agreements among the federal government, provincial or territorial governments, and First Nation or Inuit communities.