Little Pine, Poundmaker First Nations team up to train special constables

October 31, 2018

Little Pine First Nation and Poundmaker Cree Nation in Saskatchewan are partnering with an instructor from North West College to train band members to become peacekeepers. The six-week course will see participants learn how to use pepper spray, batons, and handcuffs for defence before they begin patrolling their reserves. “For us this is a way of life, to look after each other, to look after our communities, to look after our neighbours,” Little Pine Chief Wayne Semaganis told recruits this week at the community's school. “I expect all of you to try your best.” Those who complete the province’s course requirements to become special constables will be able to work anywhere. “I want to give back and then take care of my community,” said Little Pine band member Laithan Checkosis, “not just for myself but for my family and my kids.” CBC