Eabametoong First Nation is set to receive a new police facility, government officials say.

The new detachment will replace the existing building in the fly-in community in northwestern Ontario.

Funding for the $3.5 million job comes from the First Nations Policing Program, which provides funding to support professional, dedicated and responsive policing services for First Nations and Inuit Communities.


Under the program, the federal government provides 52 per cent in funding, with the provinces and territories contributing 48 per cent.

"We are happy to see the federal and provincial governments come together to assist our community in getting the police station that we absolutely need,” Eabametoong Chief Elizabeth Atlookan said.

“We are confident that having the new facility will provide a renewed sense of safety and security for our community members. We especially want to thank Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Harvey Yesno and Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler for their diligent lobbying and advocacy work in moving this project forward."


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The province's minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services said the new detachment “will improve the working environment for officers for years to come and will help them keep the streets of the Eabametoong First Nation safe."

"Ontario values its relationship with First Nations communities and is committed to giving police officers the tools and facilities they need,” Yasir Naqvi said.

Kenora MP and federal cabinet minister Greg Rickford made the announcement on behalf of Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney. Rickford called it "a wonderful initiative...that will help improve the safety and security for all the people in the surrounding area."

According to a news release issued by Public Safety Canada on Monday, the First Nations Policing Program funded 172 policing agreements in 2013-2014. Those agreements represent about 1,250 police officers who work in roughly 400 First Nations and Inuit communities and serving a total population of more than 338,000.