FSIN Signs Agreement With Royal Canadian Mounted Police In Treaty No. 5 Territory
June 27, 2012, Traditional territory of Treaty No. 5 (Nipawin, SK) The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations signed a three year Public Safety Cooperation Protocol agreement with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The signing between FSIN Vice Chief Bobby Cameron and RCMP Assistant Commissioner “F” Division, Russ Mirasty took place during the FSIN Spring Legislative Assembly. The forum was hosted by the Eastern Sector communities of Shoal Lake Cree Nation, the Red Earth First Nation and the Cumberland House Cree Nation at the Evergreen Centre in Nipawin, Saskatchewan.
The purpose of the protocol is to establish trusting and reciprocal relationships between First Nation communities and the RCMP. The goal is to build safer communities for the residents and the RCMP members who work in those communities.
“The Federation, through its Special Investigations Unit, intends to resolve disputes at the First Nation community level when possible, and to prevent incidents that can potentially escalate into formal complaints. In this way, First Nations become part of the solution and are more responsible for the safety within their own communities,” says FSIN Vice Chief Bobby Cameron.
First Nations and the RCMP have a long history, though sometimes adversarial, of focusing on our mutual goals, community safety for everyone. During the signing ceremony, Vice Chief Cameron said. “The FSIN will help work with the communities and Tribal Councils, and maintain ongoing communication with the RCMP.”
The FSIN represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of Treaty, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.
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Mervin Brass, Executive Director of Communications