First Nations police demand fair funding

By Marcus Bankuti  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Kahnawake Peacekeepers run a 24-hour operation, so it might seem strange to find the lights off at the station. But electricity doesn’t come cheap. “We’re trying to save money wherever we can, so we can provide the services that people need,” said Peacekeepers chief Dwayne Zacharie. One reason for the penny pinching? Discrimination, according to the Quebec Association of First Nation and Inuit Police Directors (QAFNIPD), which represents 22 Indigenous police forces. The Peacekeepers and other First Nations police departments are funded at a rate that falls far short of neighbouring services. “Everything that a police officer needs on a daily patrol shift, that’s what’s missing,” said Shawn Dulude, president of the QAFNIPD and chief of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police. It’s the…

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