The United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising (U.C.C.M.M.) Tribal Council is comprised of six First Nation communities on Manitoulin Island. The Board of Directors of the U.C.C.M.M. is represented by the Chief of each of the First Nations.
The U.C.C.M.M. began development of a proposal to establish a regional police service for the member First Nations in the early 1990’s. At that time, the majority of First Nation police officers in the province of Ontario were employed by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) First Nations Policing program. Some of the U.C.C.M.M. First Nations were provided policing services under this strategy, while other communities were serviced by the Ontario Provincial Police.
In 1995, the UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service was formally created via a tripartite policing agreement for its first term: October 1995 – November 1998. The Federal government, as represented by the Emergency Preparedness Canada, provides funding to the UCCM Anishnaabe Police service at 52%. The Provincial government, as represented by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, provides funding at 48%.
These tripartite UCCM Policing Agreements are a result of the Federal government’s First Nation Policing Policy.
The Service is currently into its fourth tripartite policing agreement for the period of April 1, 2007 through to March 31, 2012.
The purpose of these Tripartite Agreements is to:
- Provide effective, efficient, and culturally appropriate policing services in a manner consistent with Anishnaabe values, languages, traditions, customs, and culture throughout the U.C.C.M. Anishnaabe Police Service Area;
- To affirm the roles and responsibilities and relationships between the parties in the tripartite policing agreements; and,
- To provided funding for the policing arrangements as negotiated.
“The UCCM Anishnaabe Police will be a partner in community wellness by providing proactive, culturally sensitive, and innovative service while respecting existing laws customs and traditions.”
“The UCCM Anishnaabe Police provides effective and efficient policing while respecting and protecting our communities.”
Balance: We will strive to maintain a holistic approach in achieving personal and community wellness.
Compassion: We will empathize while aiding and supporting those in need.
Dedication: We are driven by hard work, reliability, and responsibility.
Humility: We will listen, recognize and acknowledge the uniqueness of others.
Integrity: We will maintain credibility and accountability through our actions whether spoken or unspoken.
Respect: We will accept and appreciate individual differences and opinions.
Teamwork: We will work together to achieve common goals without hesitation.