Federal minister discusses First Nation policing, healing programs after stabbings

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SASKATOON — Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu says the federal government is committed to working with James Smith Cree Nation on issues such as community policing and a new treatment centre.

Hajdu visited the community northeast of Saskatoon today, calling it a very poignant day.

She says she attended a funeral, two wakes and a birthday of someone who lost relatives in the series of stabbings on the Labour Day weekend that left 10 dead and 18 injured.

Hajdu says she talked with community leaders about community policing and the possibility of a system of safety officers focused on crime prevention.

She also says community leaders also proposed a new healing centre that would offer treatment for addictions and culturally appropriate mental health programs.

She says the next step is to work out details of the proposals, as well as what kind of funding and human resources are needed to bring them to fruition.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 14, 2022

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