Transfer for the Anishinabek Police Service
- National Defence continues to build on the progress we have made to advance Reconciliation with Indigenous communities and support the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples.
- In these Estimates, National Defence is requesting the transfer of $754,400 to Public Safety Canada to support the Anishinabek Police Service.
- This transfer is part of a ten-year commitment totaling $7.7 million to support the Anishinabek Police Service in replacing the Ontario Provincial Police at the former Camp Ipperwash.
- We are pleased that these funds will support the Anishinabek Police Service in providing culturally appropriate and community-based policing for the former Camp Ipperwash.
- We will continue to move forward together to ensure that Indigenous Peoples are in control of making decisions about and for their communities.
- In 2019, National Defence entered in a Memorandum of Understanding with the Anishinabek Police Service to provide them with $7.7M over 10 years (2019 – 2029).
- The agreement included an additional complement of three full time officers, part time Court Administrator as well and funds for equipment and infrastructure.
- Funds transferred to the Anishinabek Police Service will be administered through Public Safety’s First Nations Policing Program.
- The former Camp Ipperwash is part of the territory of the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.
- In April 2019, National Defence entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Anishinabek Police Service (APS).
- The Public Safety’s and Emergency Predaredness’ First Nations Policing Program enables the Anishinabek Police Service to gradually replace the Ontario Provincial Police in providing policing services at the former Camp Ipperwash, which is part of the territory of the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.
- This will assist in improving relations with the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, and provide consistent, safe and secure access to the site for National Defence to continue ongoing clearance work related to unexploded ordnances and the environmental investigation and remediation of Camp Ipperwash.
APS 2019 Annual Report
- According to the APS 2019 Annual Report, the transition of policing responsibility from the Ontario Provincial Police has been challenging.
- The report states that residents of the former Camp Ipperwash still have animosity toward police in general since the Dudley George shooting death by the Ontario Provincial Police over 20 years ago.
- The report also states that, for the most part, residents would not contact the OPP for incidents so a lot of issues have gone unchecked over the 20 year period.
- The APS has been working diligently to build positive working relationships with the residents with the hope that they will feel comfortable with calling police for assistance.
Version 5; 2020-02-20 – Source: Director Budget draft tab; D Parl A Supps B note 2019
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