Brokenhead Ojibway Nation will join several other First Nation across Manitoba to transition police services from the RCMP to the Manitoba First Nations Policing Service (MFNPS).

“We are proud to bring a police service to Brokenhead Ojibway Nation that is by First Nations for First Nations,” said Chief BlueSky. “Our focus is on public safety, and at every step we are working to prioritize our Ojibway identity and a commitment to our youth.”

In June 2023, Chief and Council signed a Band Council Resolution to move delivery of policing services from the RCMP to the MFNPS. After completing the necessary procedural steps with different levels of government, the transi2on will begin in spring 2024. The transition will happen in cooperation with MFNPS Chief of Police Doug Palson, law enforcement, South Beach property security and First Nation Safety Officers.

“Our government believes the best way to build trust and respect is to ensure that services for First Nation communities, especially law enforcement, reflect the unique needs of each community they serve. This partnership will ensure that Brokenhead Ojibway Nation receives the policing services they need. I am confident the services provided by the Manitoba First Nations Police Service will make Brokenhead a safer place for families and individuals throughout the community.” said Honourable Matt Wiebe, Minister of Justice and Attorney General.

“The Manitoba First Nations Police Service is honored to be the Police Service of choice for Brokenhead Ojibway Nation,” said Chief of MFNPS Doug Palson. “Together, we will build a strong partnership to enhance community safety. Our members are excited by this opportunity and we look forward to serving and protecting the people of this dynamic and growing community.”

In 2018, the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council Police Department became the Manitoba First Nations Police Service, reflecting its goal to become the police service of choice for First Nations seeking alternative solutions. The MFNPS has support from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Assembly of First Nations.

“This is just one of the positive steps we’ve taken as part of our effective government-to-government relationships,” said Chief BlueSky. “Together, we can continue to advance safety measures for the betterment of all Manitobans including the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation community.”

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