About the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service
In January, 2004, the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service officially commenced full policing authority for the Tsuut’ina Nation, under Section 5 of the Alberta Police Act.
History of the Tsuut’ina Nation (from the Tsuut’ina Nation website)
Treaty 7, to which the Tsuut’ina Nation is signatory to, was the final treaty needed to complete the Government of Canada’s acquisition of the “fertile belt” of Western Canada. As part of the treaty, reserve lands were set aside for the five signatory tribes. The Piikani and Stoney received their own reserves, which they still occupy today. The Siksika, Kainaa and Tsuut’ina were given a common reserve, averaging four miles in width, located on the north side of the Bow River, 20 miles northwest of Blackfoot Crossing and downstream to the junction of the Red Deer River with the South Saskatchewan.
The Tsuut’ina Nation has a land area slightly over 27,685 hectares (109 square miles) and borders the City of Calgary on three sides.
The Tsuut’ina and Kainaa were unhappy sharing a common reserve with the Siksika, however. Bull Head, head chief of the Tsuut’ina, insisted on a reserve on Fish Creek and the Elbow River, which they had always considered as their country. In 1882, a new reserve was surveyed out. In 1883, a new treaty was made with the Tsuut’ina officially giving them lands which amounted to three townships, an area 18 miles east to west, and, 7 miles north to south, lying between the Elbow River and Fish Creek. This was the origin of the present day Tsuut’ina Nation.
Economic Development, Growth and Change
Over the next decade, the Tsuut’ina Nation has committed to a bold vision of economic development and sustainability. Our role as the Police Service for the Tsuut’ina Nation, or Tosguna as we are known in Tsuut’ina (english translation is “Black Soldiers”), is to ensure that our lands and people continue to be protected now and into the future. With the support of our Nation’s leadership, we have the ability to operate in ways many other services cannot and we will continue to do so alongside our valued partners, both internal and external.
To understand the vision of growth that has been embarked upon by the Tsuut’ina Nation, and to understand the basis of our Police Service’s plans for expansion, we have included the below video. Please take the time to view and enjoy!