First Nations Policing Program
Through the First Nations Policing Program (FNPP), Public Safety Canada provides financial contributions for policing in First Nation and Inuit communities that is dedicated and responsive to the communities they serve and respects cultural and linguistic diversities.
Funding for the FNPP is provided through tripartite contribution agreements between the Government of Canada, the province or territory and the First Nation or Inuit community. The federal and provincial governments provide parallel financial contributions for these agreements.
Highlights in 2010-2011 included funding for:
- 168 policing service agreements;
- Policing services to 408 First Nation and Inuit communities (total population 327,430); and
- 1,240 police officers.
History of the FNPP
Following the publication of a 1990 Task Force Report, entitled Indian Policing Policy Review, and consultation with stakeholders, the FNPP was established in 1991 as a contribution program to support the provision of policing services in First Nation and Inuit communities.
The former Department of the Solicitor General of Canada assumed responsibility for the Program from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in 1992. The Aboriginal Policing Directorate of Public Safety Canada is responsible for the administration of the FNPP.
For further information about program performance, the Public Safety Departmental Performance report is available at: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/dpr-rmr/2007-2008/inst/psp/psp00-eng.asp
Comprehensive Review of the FNPP
Public Safety Canada undertook a Comprehensive Review of the program.
The review consisted of:
- an independent evaluation of the FNPP; and
- a stakeholder engagement process involving discussions with provincial/territorial governments, First Nation community representatives, Aboriginal organizations, police service providers, and other parties.
Public Safety Canada continues to develop options for the long-term stability of the program and looks forward to working with all stakeholders on this important initiative.