Auditor General slams feds on First Nations public safety funding

 By Marc Lalonde  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Canada’s Auditor-General found `serious issues’ with funding of First Nations policing services and public safety, but those haven’t changed since another auditor’s report a decade ago, the chief of Kahnawake’s Peacekeepers said. “We had another auditor general’s report come out in 2013 that said the same thing, and where are we now? Nowhere,” Peacekeeper Chief Dwayne Zacharie said. “The Viens Commission, the (national inquiry) on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, they all came out and said it’s important the government invest further into First Nations policing and public safety, but it’s still really hard to get funding. Sure, they have funds that get us a car or a new truck, but I have no bodies to put in that truck.” Auditor-General…

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