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The formal agreement will improve existing RCMP First Nations Community Policing Services for the Poundmaker and Little Pine First Nations.
"Effective and accountable policing services are essential to the establishment of community based justice systems," said Chief Favel. "Through this agreement, we will have First Nations police officers that take direction from our communities, are accountable to our communities and understand and respect our culture."
"Elders are valued members of our society ,"
Said Chief Thunder. "Police well benefit greatly from the elders' wisdom and their standing in the community to ensure the safety and security of our people and the maintenance of peace and good order in our communities."
The RCMP, Little Pine and Poundmaker Policing Unit will have three resident First Nations officers. Elders in the community will be directly involved in assisting the police in their work. A police Management Board consisting of representatives from both Nations will also work closely with the police to identify concerns and establish policing priorities. "This community tripartite agreement dramatically strengthens police accountability to the Poundmaker and Little Pine First Nations," said Mitchell.
"These agreements are on step in increasing First Nations Management of policing to ensure responsive and effective protection for their communities."
In 1981, the Poundmaker First Nation was the first reserve to have a satellite RCMP detachment. Since that time, satellite detachments have been established on a number of reserves and approximately 11 per cent of the RCMP members serving Saskatchewan are of Aboriginal descent. "This agreement marks a significant step forward in providing culturally sensitive policing services to the people of these nations," Kirkby Said. "The Government of Canada is pleased to be working with the First Nations and the Province of Saskatchewan to bring about positive change for policing in these communities," In May, 1993, the federal and provincial governments and F.S.I.N signed a framework policing agreement , so 72 First Nations in Saskatchewan could negotiate formal agreements for the RCMP First Nations Community Policing Service. The RCMP, Little Pine, Poundmaker Agreement is the first to be signed under the framework. Several other First Nations are expected to sign agreements in the next year.