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Westbank First Nation and BC RCMP sign MOU

This afternoon, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the RCMP and Westbank First Nation (WFN).

This MOU will permit the enforcement of Westbank Law on Westbank Lands and may permit the disclosure of personal information by the RCMP under the Privacy Act for the purpose of carrying out a lawful investigation.

The Westbank First Nations Self-Government Act and Self-Government Agreement authorizes the RCMP to render services if necessary for enforcement of offences established by Westbank Law where required for the effective and efficient delivery of policing services.

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“WFN is proud to be signing this MOU with the RCMP. It is the first of its kind in Canada,” says WFN Chief Christopher Derickson. “WFN has always had a positive relationship with local RCMP and this MOU is an expression of this relationship and the trust built between the RCMP and WFN. This is another valuable tool to help reduce crime on First Nations Land.”

Both parties have signed the agreement to render policing services effective immediately.

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“This Memorandum of Understanding is a significant step in the partnership between the Westbank First Nation and the BC RCMP in recognizing indigenous law,” said Deputy Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Commanding Officer for the RCMP in BC.

“By expanding the services that the RCMP provides, we are able to increase our engagement opportunities which will help build positive relationships and contribute to community safety.”

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