For immediate release
July 26, 2019
Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is extending its support to Fox Lake Cree Nation. The MKO community is experiencing a heavy police presence this week as RCMP search for two men suspected of committing three homicides in British Columbia.
“Our thoughts are with the citizens of Fox Lake Cree Nation this week,” stated Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “We are praying for the safety of our Northern residents while this search is underway, and we hope there is a safe outcome for the people living in the community as well as the personnel carrying out the search. We commend Fox Lake citizens, such as Billy Beardy, who are taking it upon themselves to carry out safety patrols for their communities.”
This emergency brings to light the lack of resources when it comes to policing in Northern First Nations. Fox Lake Cree Nation, along with other Northern communities, do not have the funding available to have comprehensive policing services to help ensure the safety of their citizens.
“While we appreciate the support of the RCMP during this time, it’s important to remind both the federal and provincial governments that the safety of our citizens is an ongoing concern for us,” said Grand Chief Settee. “We urge governments to engage with MKO to explore avenues for proper policing services for MKO First Nations so our communities are better able to take leadership when it comes to emergencies in our communities.”