SIKSIKA, Alta.- The Siksika Nation has reached a deal with the provincial and federal governments to reinstate the First Nation’s self-administered police service after 20 years. The agreement follows a historic settlement with the federal government that provided $1.3 billion in compensation to the Siksika Nation to resolve outstanding land claims. The nation, located about 130 kilometres east of Calgary, had its own police service from 1992 to 2002. However, the 10-year agreement with the federal and provincial governments that established the organization wasn’t renewed due to lack of funding. Calls for Indigenous policing have increased over the years, with growing concerns over long response times. “That critical time can be the difference between survival or going to the morgue,” Siksika Chief Ouray Crowfoot said in an interview Friday. Although
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