Recognition of First Nations rights a ‘sticking’ point in new policing law plan: AFN

By Stephanie Taylor THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- Recognizing First Nations rights in a proposed policing bill with Ottawa is a “sticking” point in the negotiations, a lawyer for the Assembly of First Nations announced Wednesday. Julie McGregor updated chiefs gathered in Halifax on work to develop a law that would declare policing on First Nations an essential service, something Indigenous leaders have spent years calling for. She told the organization’s general assembly that the Department of Public Safety had provided a written explanation of what it does and doesn’t plan to do with the legislation. “It advised it does not have the mandate for inclusion of First Nations jurisdiction or rights recognition in the proposed legislation,”  McGregor said. “We would say that’s their interpretation … because there is the UN…

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