BC – June 21st of each year marks Aboriginal Day, a celebration of Canada’s Aboriginal culture and tradition. This is an important day for the RCMP given our significant relationship with the country’s Aboriginal communities we serve, and the role Aboriginal people play within the force itself.
This year, Aboriginal Policing Services hosted celebrations at the BC RCMP headquarters, which included a traditional aboriginal prayer, a smudging ceremony and honoring ceremony. Willard Cook, an elder (and former Chief) of the Semiahmoo First Nations performed the ceremonies along with the team from Aboriginal Policing Services and employees from the BC RCMP.
“National Aboriginal Day provides us an opportunity to commemorate the many contributions and heritage of the Indigenous peoples, both in the communities we serve and within our BC RCMP family,” says Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr. “We are honoured to have Willard Cook here with us today to guide us with the prayers and blessings of our First Nations communities.”
Some employees of the BC RCMP were honoured for their hard work with Indigenous communities and received a special Aboriginal Policing Services blanket.
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