Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.

Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.

February 25, 2011 14:57 ET

The AFNQL Denounces the Unacceptable Cutbacks in the First Nations Policing Services

VAL D'OR, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2011) - The Stephen Harper government is preparing to cut 19% of the First Nations' public security agreements even though this essential service is already underfunded. "It doesn't make any sense. This decision being made by the government is irresponsible under the current circumstances. Our police services are already faced with a precarious situation; what they really require is to receive immediate attention and support" declared the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), Mr. Ghislain Picard.

Ms. Salomé McKenzie, Chief of the community of Lac Simon, will be addressing Prime Minister Harper, who is visiting Val d'Or today, regarding the extremely harmful consequences of this decision which will endanger the police services in the communities. 

The Chief of the AFNQL has made several requests for meetings with Minister Toews, which continue to remain unanswered, in order to find solutions to this extremely worrisome situation which has endured for far too long. 

About the AFNQL

The AFNQL is the regional organization which represents the 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. For more information: www.apnql-afnql.com.

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