2019 Highlights – In the spirit of reconciliation


2020-01-11 10:00 PST

The RCMP recognizes that reconciliation is not a single event nor is it something that can be checked off a list. Participating in a variety of community events provides members an opportunity to engage and reflect on our past with the goal of working together in the future. The BC RCMP recognizes that true, active reconciliation is more than just a word or phrase, it represents a process of healing, communicating and coming together with all communities. The RCMP is committed in continuing the reconciliation process with Indigenous peoples.

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2019 offered several occasions for the RCMP to come together with Indigenous communities towards reconciliation.

Building Bridges: A small, significant step towards reconciliation. Creston RCMP were recently invited by the Lower Kootenay Band to a partake in a traditional stick game. Chief Jason Louie challenged RCMP members of the Creston detachment to attend Yaqan Nukiy Pow Wow and engage in the stick game, which involves two teams of up to 6 players including one singer. The teams set out a wager and attempt to collect the other team’s sticks to determine a winner. The Lower Kootenay Team wagered a carved dance stick, and the RCMP wagered a replica Mounted Police Shabrack.

Cst. Cole Brewer of the First Nations Policing Unit at West Shore RCMP asks for permission to come ashore during the canoe protocol ceremony. The ceremony and traditional canoe races were held at the Esquimalt Lagoon, the traditional lands of Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. This event took place in honor of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st 2019.

Little Thunderbird has awoken. On June 14th, the Squamish Nation held an awakening ceremony for the Squamish RCMP canoe. It was on this day that the name in̓inyáx̱a7n-ul-lh, Little Thunderbird, was bestowed. It was truly a remarkable day bringing together local government, RCMP and the Squamish Nation people. The day was rich in culture and tradition and was certainly a day that will not be forgotten.

RCMP First Nations Police Unit Youth Recruiting Canoe Journey. The West Kelowna RCMP First Nation Policing (FNP) Unit in partnership with Okanagan Indian Band FNP and Penticton Indian Band FNP conducted an Okanagan RCMP Recruiting Youth Canoe Journey on Okanagan Lake. The journey started on August 26th, 2019 at Kamasket Park Okanagan Indian Band Vernon and took paddlers along the Okanagan to Penticton ending on August 30th,2019.

First Nations Pow Wow Success. From August 9-11, 2019, Cowichan Tribes Pow Wow Committee hosted the annual Quw’utsum Intertribal Pow Wow at the Si’em Lelum soccer field in Duncan. This three-day outdoor event features First Nations music and dancers from across Vancouver Island and beyond. Each year a theme for the Pow Wow is picked that the Cowichan Tribes Pow Wow Committee feels strongly about. This year the theme was remembering missing and murdered First Nations women. The theme is inclusive to all nationalities and people who are seeking an impossible answer to end the grief and bring our children home, said Cowichan elder, Joe Thorne.

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