The next issue of Edmonton Journal Headline News will soon be in your inbox. Bill 38 amends six justice-related laws, including the Police Act, Jury Act, Provincial Offences Procedures Act, Queen’s Counsel Act, Victims Restitution and Compensation Payment Act, and Referendum Act. Amendments to the Queen’s Counsel Act would expand requirements for those appointed to a Queen’s Counsel status in the province to include lawyers practicing in most Commonwealth jurisdictions. COVID-19: Cases are rising across Alberta. Alberta Justice is committed to demonstrating leadership in contributing to the well-being and self-reliance of Albertans from all racial backgrounds. WATCH: The Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service to hire up to 100 police officers over next decade, On Wednesday, the Blood Tribe Police Service said that since it was created, it has faced inequities that have made it hard to offer “the community with the service they deserve and our employees with the support they require.”.

Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings. He said these demonstrations, these calls, should not be used by municipalities as "an excuse" to cut police funding. He hopes it also sends a message to the federal government that their police service meets or exceeds requirements, and might help with funding. And so, if anything, there should be a conversation about provincial support for the load that we carry in these larger cities," Iveson said. "Frankly, this approach is misguided, as an adequately funded police service is essential to ensure that all citizens are able to live safe and secure lives in our communities, wherever they may call home. Adora Nwofor, president Black Lives Matter Calgary, says defunding the police should have happened a long time ago. #YYC #YYCcc @GlobalCalgary, — Adam MacVicar (@AdamMacVicar) September 10, 2020, Councillor Gondek says public complaints must serve the public. "I'm willing to go there," Iveson said. Madu said First Nations police officers would be able to issue tickets for infractions on their reserves. Experts say confusion harming progress. “And now we’re actually being recognized, and that means a great deal to our police officers, and I also believe it means a great deal to the community.”. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. The act hasn’t seen significant changes since it was introduced in 1988, though it’s been heavily criticized, even by former police leadership. “The recent incidents around policing and systemic racism involving First Nations and members of BIPOC communities highlight the need to have these conversations about police reforms with all parties involved,” he said in an email statement Wednesday. The ministry was created in 2012 by merging the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General and Ministry of the Solicitor General and Public Security.

There are three First Nations police services in Alberta – Blood Tribe Police Service, Lakeshore Regional Police Service, and Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service – while other communities are policed by the RCMP. On Sept. 6, Nenshi said he’d like to see more resources dedicated to mental health response, and he’d like to have a more in-depth conversation with police officials about redirecting some of those resources from the CPS budget. "If that is the path they decide to take, … it signals to myself that, in fact, those police grants that we give them are not required," Madu said. "Some municipalities have reduced, or are contemplating reducing, funding to police in light of calls to 'defund the police.'. The proposed legislation would also give First Nations police chiefs a spot at the discussion table about changes to policing in the province. tap here to see other videos from our team. "This is particularly true of racialized members of our communities, including Indigenous Albertans, who are often over-represented as victims of crime," Madu wrote in his letters. “We look forward to future work with all levels of government.”. Other changes would allow the courts to send juror summonses electronically, including by email, and eliminate a summons form. "I hope the minister will too.". Despite existing for more than two decades, First Nations police services aren’t officially named in the Police Act, but instead are formed through a Tripartite or Community Tripartite Agreement under section five of the Act. Alberta’s justice minister is seeking to formally recognize the powers of First Nations police in law through an amendment to the Police Act introduced Wednesday. It will take many difficult conversations with the communities affected, and all Albertans, on the path forward. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments.

Justice Minister Kaycee Madu reiterated his government’s criticism of Ottawa’s ban on hundreds of assault-style firearms on Monday and announced Alberta is … Blood Tribe Police Inspector Farica Prince said the proposed changes are a strong first step to address systemic inequality. The letters, dated Sept. 9 and sent to both Don Iveson and Naheed Nenshi, address recent calls to defund the police. Brian John Evans (born August 18, 1950) is a Canadian lawyer and former provincial level politician from Alberta, Canada.He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1989 to 1997. "But … I don't believe that taking funds away on the basis, on the call to defund the police is the right path.". ", Read more: Over 15,000 people in Edmonton gather for equality rally at Alberta legislature grounds. Doug Schweitzer (born 1978 or 1979) is a Canadian lawyer and politician who was elected in the 2019 “This is much bigger than moving money around,” McFee added, saying it’s really about being part of larger systemic change, breaking down silos and doing things differently. Read more: Edmonton city council will look at redirecting $11M of police budget starting in 2021. Alberta's minister of justice and solicitor general asked mayors Don Iveson and Naheed Nenshi not to defund Edmonton and Calgary police. In July, Edmonton city council voted to reduce its police budget by $11 million over two years. It would put them on the same level with municipal police services.”. observes subdued Remembrance Day during pandemic, Maradona leaves hospital following surgery, National museum dedicated to Army debuts on Veterans Day, Bracket: Who's the ultimate draft steal? By Bill Graveland The Canadian Press Posted October 21, 2020 4:38 pm . ", READ MORE: What does ‘defund the police’ really mean? “The Police Act references First Nations policing by way of an exception, not so much of an acknowledgement that they are an equal partner when it comes to policing.”. Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. “While no final budgetary decisions were made today, we did signal ultimately, an intent to redirect $11 million starting next year from policing and into housing and other prevention and community safety initiatives,” Iveson said on June 30.
"These threats from the minister do nothing to help move that conversation forward. They would also expand the list of offences subject to civil forfeiture under the Victims Restitution and Compensation Payments Act.

Executive Officer: Doug Schweitzer, Minister. We encountered an issue signing you up. It also would allow proceeds of forfeited property to fund police through a grant program. “All of my members have the exactly same training as the RCMP members.”. "So it doesn't make any difference to me. ", Read more: Council cuts Edmonton police budget by $11M, creates citizen task force. In his letters, Madu pointed out the $90 million the province is providing municipalities this year through two grants: the Municipal Policing Assistance Grant (MPAG) and the Police Officer Grant (POG). Alberta justice minister says province expanding power, status for First Nations police.
There are currently three First Nations forces in Alberta: the Blood Tribe Police Service in southern Alberta, the Lakeshore Regional Police Service northwest of Edmonton and the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service just outside Calgary. In reality, the minister really has to prove himself worthy of the most consequential and important aspect of this, which is the most important and consequential changes to the Police Act, which is fully in his purview," Nenshi added.