On July 16, 2015, PSAC won an arbitral award for its members who are officers employed by the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS).
NAPS officers provide culturally-sensitive policing services in 35 First Nation communities, covering two-thirds of Ontario, from Thunder Bay to Hudson’s Bay. NAPS is the largest First Nations police service in Canada and the second largest in North America.
NAPS officers are still funded less than their Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) counterparts. The arbitral award substantially increases the pay of officers and will narrow this discriminatory gap.
“Our officers are trained and authorized to enforce the law like any other policing body in Ontario. Some have worked for the OPP and RCMP, and yet First Nations Police officers are paid substantially less, that’s not fair” says Jayson Storkson, Local President.
PSAC recognizes that despite this award, First Nations officers have a long way to go in addressing the inadequate working conditions they face every day due to chronic federal government underfunding.
“Despite the recognition and commendations this police service has received, the federal government continues its discriminatory underfunding of First Nations policing”, said Sharon DeSousa, PSAC Ontario Regional Executive Vice-President. “During this upcoming federal election,PSAC will be supporting candidates who are committed to rectifying this injustice by increasing funding to First Nations police forces.”