Indigenous Police Chiefs on Parliament Hill to Call out Canada on Discriminatory Terms in Funding Agreement Negotiations

The Police Chiefs of Anishinabek Police Service (“APS”), Treaty Three Police Service (“T3PS”), and UCCM Anishinaabe Police Service (“UCCM”) were in Ottawa today ahead of the Federal Court hearing on Wednesday and convened a national press conference calling out Canada’s disregard for the safety of 45 communities who will be without policing services as a result of Canada’s refusal to negotiate new funding agreements in good faith. See below link to coverage of the national press conference.

Link to Press Conference – June 12, 2023 

The Federal Court hearing will be commencing on Wednesday June 14 at 9:30am via Zoom. It is open to the public.

Emergency orders are being requested by IPCO to force Canada to comply with past rulings from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (“CHRT”) as well as court decision indicating that the First Nations and Inuit Policing Program (“FNIPP”) is discriminatory.

Emergency relief is being sought from the Federal Court to allow APS, T3PS and UCCM to continue operations, as Canada cut off funding for the police services at the end of March 2023, when the three services refused to sign on to the discriminatory terms and conditions under the FNIPP.

Material for Federal Court Hearing: 

Related Documents: 

Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau re Human Rights Complaint – May 3, 2023 

Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau re Community Safety Risk – June 2, 2023 

AFN Press Release Supporting IPCO – June 12, 2023

Media Coverage:

Kate Rutherford, Johnathan Migneault, CBC News (June 12, 2023) – “Public safety minister proposes temporary funding for 3 First Nations police services operating on ‘fumes'”

Kate Rutherford CBC News (June 9, 2023) – “3 Indigenous police services in northern Ontario could cease operating due to lack of funding”

Anishinabek News (June 8, 2023) – “Declaration of State of Emergency: Inequitable policing resources in Anishinabek Nation Territory” 

Elliot Lake Today News (June 7, 2023) – “New Democrats press minister on cuts to First Nations policing”

Colin Freeze, The Globe and Mail (June 4, 2023) – “First Nations chiefs say funds to provide policing in communities rapidly dwindling” 

Colin Freeze, The Globe and Mail (May 18, 2023) – “Ottawa argues in legal document it is not responsible for paying for First Nations policing” 

Colin Freeze, The Globe and Mail (June 12, 2023) – “Talks between Ottawa and AFN break down over Indigenous policing – The Globe and Mail

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