Nunavut plans to access First Nations policing funds
Nunavut justice minister Daniel Shewchuk is applauding the extension of the federal government’s First Nations Policing Program.
Earlier this week, federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced the program will be renewed for five years.
Shewchuk said in the past it was unclear if the program applied to Inuit and the North.
"We've been assured now that Inuit communities and Nunavut will be part of that program," he said.
"We have yet to access any funding in Nunavut but we're working with RCMP to access that funding and use it for Inuit programs and for the recruiting of Inuit in Nunavut."
The program, which helps provide policing in aboriginal communities, costs the federal government about $122 million a year.
Shewchuk said Nunavut is fortunate to have RCMP officers in every community unlike the Northwest Territories where some communities are policed remotely.
Shewchuk said community involvement is important for policing and that the RCMP has a new initiative underway to involve hamlets in setting policing priorities annually.