Introduction

The Chippewas of Nawash currently provides policing services under a model set up by the Ontario First Nations Policing Agreement (OFNPA) with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) providing administrative support. Policing is delivered by First Nation Constables, but the OPP administers the program by providing financial administration, training, asset management, and other services.

The Nation is interested in exploring options for the structure and subsequent operations of policing. Preliminary discussions have provided that the Nation may be interested in exploring all the potential options available, including a stand-alone and self-administered police service, a regional or joint police service, or a contracted police service that the Nation could “join” or hire to provide service to the Nation.

There is a need to fully understand the service options within the current First Nations and Inuit Policing Program (FNIPP) and how each may differ in relation to governance, service delivery, cost, and cultural appropriateness.

The Chippewas of Nawash have engaged MNPLLP, a consulting firm with a national Community Safety and Wellbeing Consulting Practice, to assist on the project. MNP will be providing the Chippewas of Nawash with a Needs Assessment Report that outlines the Nation’s requirements to transition into one of the pre-approved service options under the FNIPP, if they choose to do so. The report will also discuss the opinions provided by members of the community on the benefits and challenges of the current state of policing services and each potential model, as part of the consultation portion of the project.

This survey is a part of the consultation portion of the project. There is also an opportunity to volunteer for focus groups at the end of the survey.

The following graphics provide an outline of the pre-approved models under the FNIPP:

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