FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District released a report on 911 services in local First Nations in advance of the July 22nd Regional Board Meeting.

The district recommends the execution of one-year agreements for 911 services for West Moberly, Saulteau, Doig River, Halfway River, and Blueberry River First Nations, and the proposed fee for service will remain the same as it was in 2018.

According to the report, this service has been extended to neighbouring First Nations communities to support public safety for almost 20 years.

For First Nations communities to qualify for funding from Indigenous Services Canada, they need a current agreement with a service provider. The deadline to request funding this year from ISC is July 30th.

The proposed agreement is for a one-year term starting January 1st, 2022, with the option to extend the term for another year.

The report states that staff will work with First Nations partners to examine and review the cost of the service and make adjustments to the funding formula if needed.

Based on the 2018 service rates, Blueberry River First Nations would pay $951, Doig River First Nation would pay $719, West Moberly First Nations would pay $706, Halfway River First Nation would pay $858, and Saulteau First Nations would pay $1579.

“The 2021 residential tax rate for the regional service is $0.0279 per $1,000, charged on improvements only,” reads the July 22nd report.

The report indicates that consideration should be given to developing singular agreements for solid waste, 911 service, and fire protection with neighbouring First Nations where applicable.

The PRRD provides 911 services for the region through E-Comm.