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Norway House installs checkpoint to block drugs, liquor

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The 24-hour checkpoint is on Highway 73, the only road into Norway House. (Norway House Cree Nation/Facebook)

Visitors and community members must pull into 24-hour checkpoint staffed by security guards

CBC News, Feb 20, 2018

Anyone driving into Norway House Cree Nation now has to go through a border patrol-like checkpoint.

The dry community is taking the extra step to prevent alcohol and drugs from entering the reserve. Read the rest of this entry

Sûreté du Québec takeover of policing in Obedjiwan costs $100K weekly

SQ logo 1Atikamekw First Nation north of Roberval disbanded local force in dispute with province over policing costs

CBC News, April 12, 2016

The Sûreté du Québec has taken over duties from the local police force on the territory of the Atikamekw First Nation of Obedjiwan in the Mauricie region – at a cost of more than $100,000 per week.

The Obedjiwan council disbanded its police force, which employed 22 officers to patrol the reserve 200 kilometres west of Roberval, Que., on April 1, because of a dispute with the province over policing costs. Read the rest of this entry

Manitoba wants more federal money to finance policing for First Nations


Some 31 aboriginal communities across Manitoba relied on band constables before the program was terminated by the federal government earlier this year. (CBC)

Gord Mackintosh says government’s cancellation of band constable program was ‘horribly perverse’

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press, Dec 30, 2015

Manitoba’s attorney general says he will be pushing for more federal money to help bolster front-line First Nations policing on remote reserves.

Gord Mackintosh says the previous Conservative government’s decision to freeze the aboriginal policing budget for almost a decade before cancelling a band constable program was “horribly perverse.” Read the rest of this entry