AMC and RCMP sign cooperation protocol to improve ongoing relations

November 21, 2018

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba

AMC Communications

Treaty One Territory, MB. _ The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the RCMP “D” Division signed a Public Safety Cooperation Protocol this morning at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg.

“First Nation citizens and the RCMP have, at times, had strained relationships. But we need to take this relationship with policing in a new direction in Manitoba,” said Grand Chief Arlen Dumas.

“Our citizens want to live in safe and stable communities. This is why the AMC is taking the necessary steps to help change the relationship with the RCMP with the re-signing of this Protocol that was originally signed in 2009.”

The main purpose of the renewed Public Safety Cooperation Protocol is to establish trusting, and reciprocal, relationships amongst the Parties to see potential conflict averted, to prevent personal harm, and to enhance public safety.

As part of this Protocol, the RCMP and the AMC agree to ongoing communications to ensure that both Parties possess timely and accurate information while establishing a joint AMC and RCMP response to incidents, as required.

“Although it is very sad, the main point of this Protocol is to deal with matters where death has occurred,” said Grand Chief Dumas.

Both the AMC and the RCMP each have defined roles spelled out in the Protocol including: the AMC will identify local, regional, and provincial level representatives to liaise with the RCMP; while the RCMP will strengthen the existing relationship with First Nation leadership at those same levels.

This Protocol will remain in effect for five years from the date of today’s signing with a review of its effectiveness each year.