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BC’s remote Kwadacha Nation still without police, chief says – The Globe and Mail

Aug. 03, 2015

A $1.4-million RCMP detachment that was built in the remote First Nations community of Kwadacha remains largely unused, as the band’s request for a full-time police presence goes unfulfilled, says its chief.

Kwadacha is located about two hours by air from the northern B.C. city of Prince George. The nearest RCMP detachment is in Tsay Keh Dene, about 70 kilometres south. Officers from Tsay Keh Dene respond to all police calls in Kwadacha.

Donny Van Somer, chief of the Kwadacha Nation, said he’s been attempting to get a full-time police presence in his community of 400 since he was first elected nine years ago. The detachment was built in 2011, when Mr. Van Somer said it appeared as though the First Nation’s request would be granted. It has not been, and Mr. Van Somer said the province has dragged its heels.

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