WENDAKE, QC, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The AFNQL denounces the
inaction of the federal government in its refusal to properly support
the police services in First Nation communities.
"While Prime Minister Harper identifies himself as the champion for the
safety of citizens and communities in Canada, he gravely endangers the
safety of communities and citizens of the First Nations", stated
Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL. "Once again, a double standard.
The safety of the public is important to this government, except when
it concerns First Nations", added Chief Picard.
"The Chiefs of our First Nations are very concerned by the alarming and
precarious situation of our police services. This situation is caused
by the federal minister of Public Safety who refuses to assume his
responsibilities and engage in a long-term commitment to support the
policing organizations that First Nations created over the past thirty
years which we consider as essential services. Eighteen of our
community police services are at risk of ceasing their operations by
March 31st because the federal minister of Public Safety refuses to give us the
response we have been expecting from him for months, if not years. The
situation is dangerous and the minister won't admit it. It is totally
irresponsible", stated Chief Picard.
Many Chiefs approached the minister but to no avail. They tried to draw
his attention to a problem that the minister is quite familiar with.
His Department carried out the necessary reviews and recommendations
were presented to him, but the minister doesn't seem to take the
situation seriously. The Chiefs have therefore decided to go to Ottawa
on February 26th and to make their voice heard.
"We are seeking the intervention of the Opposition Parties to try and
get the minister to assume his responsibilities. This ought to be clear
to all: we will hold the federal minister of Public Safety responsible
for the consequences that his failure to act will have on our
populations and our communities", concluded Ghislain Picard.
About the AFNQL
The Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is a political
organization regrouping 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and
SOURCE: ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS OF QUEBEC AND LABRADOR
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