OTTAWA – RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson was joined by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, for the unveiling of the RCMP Aboriginal Policing Services Ensign and badge. The event was part of the RCMP’s famous Sunset Ceremonies that took place on June 28th at the Canadian Police College.
The ensign incorporates symbols representing the three Aboriginal cultures the RCMP serves – eagle feathers for the First Nations, Inuksuk for the Inuit and the Assumption sash for the Métis. The maple leaf symbolizes the national mandate of RCMP Aboriginal Policing Services.
“Building and maintaining strong relationships with the Aboriginal people of Canada is fundamental to our success,” said RCMP Commissioner Paulson. “The Ensign reflects our pride in the work we do with Canada’s Aboriginal communities, and our ongoing commitment to build on this valued relationship.”
After the Governor General unveiled the Ensign, Elder Albert Dumont welcomed all in attendance to the Algonquin territory and expressed his honour at being invited to participate in the event. He then performed a traditional smudging ceremony on the Ensign.
The RCMP’s provincial and territorial Aboriginal Policing Services units will proudly display the new Ensign flag where appropriate.