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First Nations leader disturbed by E-PANA cuts impact

A northern BC First Nations leader says he’s angered and disturbed by an RCMP document outlining the impact provincial cuts would have on Highway of Tears investigations.

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Chief Terry Teegee is reacting to a memo obtained by the Canadian Press in which RCMP Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens says cuts would mean there would be no other investigations related to the cases for the foreseeable future.

Teegee says the memo speaks volumes about the BC government’s commitment to solving cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women along the Highway 16 corridor.

Last year, officials confirmed budget cuts would mean that six RCMP officers would be removed from the E-PANA task force, which had already seen reductions.

The RCMP memo was obtained under a freedom of information request.

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