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Funding for First Nations police services in communities on or near the U.S.-Canada border must be beefed up in order to stop the flow of illegal firearms being smuggled through Indigenous territory, says Walpole Island First Nation Chief Charles Sampson.
“We desperately need enhanced funding to get this job done,” Sampson told a news conference at York Regional Police headquarters Wednesday. “These illegal weapons ultimately assist with the commitment of crime in large urban areas such as Toronto and present a real danger to public safety and human lives.”