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Federal government to spend $291M in First Nations policing program

Federal government to spend $291M in First Nations policing program
From CBC - January 10, 2018

The Liberal government is injecting $291 million into policing in First Nations and Inuit communities in Canada over the next five years, following years of complaints and legal challenges from Indigenous police forces that they have been chronically underfunded.

The federal government pays about half the cost of policing for about 450 communities,including many remote and fly-in-only areas. Some420,000 Canadians are affected.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Wednesday from Winnipeg thatthe investment will kick in starting next fiscal year and covers communities already in the First Nations policing programs.

The money will go towards improving salaries, hiring new officers and buying new equipment. Some forces had been dealing with issues such as expired bullet-proof vests and lapsed training.

Ottawa pays about 52 per cent of the program's cost, while provinces and territories pay the rest.

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