Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, applauds the federal government’s initiative to invest $291 million over the next five years to increase resources for police officers working on reserves across Canada.
This money will be used to hire new officers, raise their salaries and provide them better tools and equipment. By creating a partnership with the provinces and territories alongside the federal government, we will be able to offer more support to the police departments.
This funding is another step towards creating a stronger relationship with First Nations communities and as an important part of the city, the policing will need more support. This funding will be starting in the next fiscal year and for the first time; it will include a 2.75 per cent escalator to address inflation.
“Having 12 First Nations in my riding means that we need to continue working for them and with them on all the issues they are facing. As the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Indigenous Services, I think that this funding proves that we have been hearing their concerns and we are ready to make changes in our approach so they can have access to all the resources they need’’.
-Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River