Media advisory - NAN community takes policing message to Parliament Hill

    THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand
Chief RoseAnne Archibald together with Kashechewan First Nation Chief Jonathan
Solomon will bring a message to the Government of Canada regarding First
Nation policing during a news conference at Parliament Hill this week.

        DATE:      Thursday February 28, 2008
        TIME:      11:00 a.m.
        LOCATION:  Charles Lynch Room, Rm 130-S Centre Block
                   Parliament Hill, Ottawa, ON

    Kashechewan First Nation Chief Jonathan Solomon will address the growing
policing crisis in his community, including ongoing infrastructure challenges
as displayed in the short documentary film Nishnawbe Aski Police Service: A
Sacred Calling and a January 2006 Kashechewan detachment fire where two
prisoners died and an officer was badly burned.
    Solomon's anticipated message comes after meetings with provincial
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services (Monday) and federal
Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day (Tuesday), the closure of two Nishnawbe
Aski Police Service (NAPS) detachments (Kasabonika Lake and Marten Falls First
Nations) and NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy's February 1st call on the
governments of Ontario and Canada to address the growing policing crisis
across NAN territory.
    NAPS serves 37 of NAN's 49 First Nation communities. Only 1 of 35
detachments meets national building code standards.

    Nishnawbe Aski Nation is a political territorial organization
representing 49 First Nation communities in James Bay Treaty 9 and Ontario
portions of Treaty 5 - an area covering two-thirds of the province of Ontario.
Kashechewan is one of NAN's communities and is part of Mushkegowuk Tribal

For further information:

For further information: Jenna Young, Nishnawbe Aski Nation Director of
Communications at (807) 625-4952 or (807) 628-3953 mobile

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