By John Watson Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Province of Alberta announced on Sept. 23 that an agreement between the province, Government of Canada and Siksika Nation had been reached, allowing the Nation to take over local policing responsibilities from the RCMP. The deal, for which a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in July (announced on July 18) establishes the first self-administered First Nations police service in 14 years. Siksika Nation Chief, Ouray Crowfoot, said policing and security are foundational for any community and is essential for local development. “This has been a long time coming ? just because we have made the announcement, our police service is not going to jump back right away,” said Crowfoot. “We are still working closely with the RCMP and as we build
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