Pikangikum First Nation expels provincial police from community

The Pikangikum First Nation in Northern Ontario has banned provincial police from their community because of misconduct they say has been going on for years.

As a result Indigenous Services Canada has pulled out health professionals from the community of over 2,000 people, leaving them without permanent nurses.

For the time being, medical staff are being flown in and flown out on a daily bases.

The move to pull out nurses was due to concerns over their safety without police from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in the community.

Indigenous Services says an investigation into the police misconduct is being handled by the OPP’s special investigations unit.

Reporter / Ottawa

Originally from the Cree Nation of Chisasibi on the eastern coast of James Bay, Quebec, Jamie has lived in Ottawa since 2015. Trained in journalism at Carleton University, he has worked as a freelance print journalist and as a writer/researcher for the Cree unit of CBC North out of Montreal. Jamie was hired as the reporter/correspondent for the Ottawa bureau in October 2019.

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