Media Advisory - NAN community takes policing message to Queen's Park

    THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief
Stan Beardy together with NAN Deputy Grand Chief RoseAnne Archibald and
Mushkegowuk Tribal Council Grand Chief Stan Louttit will support Kashechewan
First Nation Chief Jonathan Solomon as he brings a message to the Government
of Ontario regarding policing in his community at Queen's Park next week.

    DATE:        Monday February 25, 2008

    TIME:        12:00 p.m.

    LOCATION:    Main Legislative Building, Media Studio
                 Queen's Park - Toronto, Ontario

    Kashechewan First Nation Chief Jonathan Solomon will address the
increasing 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 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.
    The group will meet with Community Safety and Correctional Services
Minister Rick Bartolucci prior to the news conference.
    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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