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Chief Bobby Cameron on new Saskatchewan task force: ‘None of them are wanted’


Larissa Burnouf
APTN National News
Saskatchewan has created a new protection and response team based on a rural crime report released last week which one First Nations chief says is a bad move.

It will consist of 258 members, including 120 police officers and nearly 100 conservation officers, who will have the power to arrest and detain. 

The chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) says they aren’t wanted.

“None of them are wanted on our First Nations lands, I will tell you that right now,” said Chief Bobby Cameron. “No one wants those conservation officers on our lands unless they’re invited or unless they’re allowed.”

Cameron said the province should be looking at problems within those forces.

“There’s racism in the Conservation department. There’s racism in the RCMP detachment,” he said.

FSIN signed a legal agreement with the province last year stating conservation officers need chief and council permission to go on First Nations lands.

This new team could fly in the face of that deal, he said.

“These officers, they have another thing coming,” said Cameron. “They’re going to be trespassing and you’re going to be prosecuted.”

He said his office is sending notices to the RCMP that if conservation officers enter their lands they’ll be trespassing and prosecuted.

Granting conservation officers more power will only increase the number of Indigenous people in jail, he said.

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5 Responses to “Chief Bobby Cameron on new Saskatchewan task force: ‘None of them are wanted’”

    Steve Meawasige September 5, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    Way to go Chief Cameron. I agree with you 100%

    Fred September 2, 2017 at 12:17 am #

    I believe that the FSIN should revisit its original purpose TREATY PERTECTION. be proactive about it .Then we won’t be reacting when its too late NOT CRITICIZING JUST A THAUGHT I KNOW OUR LEADERS ARE DOING THEIR BEST

    Billy September 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    If having more law enforcement in any jurisdiction causes a particular demographic to “be in jail” then it is incumbent on that demographic not to break the law. That being said I think increasing rural enforcement will not lead to more arrests of indigenous people. The reality is there are mostly non-aboriginals going to farms to steal, vandalize and trespass. When it comes to rural crime in my experience they are usually non-aboriginal (white) criminals thieving metals for recycling, shooting deer from the road (then trespassing), taking farm implements and stealing from grain bins. I think the FSIN will be shocked when the rural enforcement starts putting white rednecks in jail who’ve been raiding our farm operations for years.

    Glen August 31, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

    There is racism against anyone that isn’t Aboriginal and this article reeks of same as well as discrimination and prejudice!!!

    Dannyblue August 31, 2017 at 2:37 am #

    We need more FN self-administered police services like the File Hills First Nations Police Setvices, to work in cooperation with the RCMP and municipal police services. Or else we’ll always be complaining about being policed by external police services.