- By Rising Sun Staff
The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service has accepted a labour ratification agreement with the federal and provincial governments. This announcement comes after a summer of uncertainty when NAPS voted to strike in early July.
NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler is pleased with the agreement and stated, “This will come as a great relief to the leaders of our communities and we thank everyone involved in these lengthy negotiations.
“We will continue to negotiate a new Tripartite Policing Agreement with the federal and provincial governments that meets the needs of our officers and ensures the safety of our communities while pursuing a legislative framework with the provincial government to designate NAPS under the Police Services Act.”
The new agreement includes salary increases and improvements to operational safety. Previous conditions had officers working alone and without proper equipment.
“On behalf of the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service Board and management I am pleased that this collective agreement has been ratified by the officers,” said NAPS Board Chair Mike Metatawabin. “It is a great relief for all concerned. Much appreciation and recognition to everyone who were involved in all the negotiations leading up to the agreement.”
NAPS is the largest First Nations police service in Canada and the second largest in North America. They employ more than 130 officers and 30 civilians and serve 35 communities across NAN territory.