DARTMOUTH, N.S.-The federal public safety minister says he is to travel to James Smith Cree Nation next week to advance the Liberal government’s plan to have First Nations policing recognized as an essential service. Marco Mendicino says policing by Indigenous Peoples for Indigenous Peoples is a key part of reconciliation. He says he has been speaking with his provincial counterpart in Saskatchewan, Christine Tell, and Indigenous leaders about the issue. The minister says steps need to be taken to ensure a tragedy like what occurred on James Smith Cree Nation never happens again. On Sept. 4, 11 people were killed and 18 others were injured in a stabbing massacre on the First Nation and nearby village of Weldon. James Smith Chief Wally Burns has since lobbied the federal government to
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