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For immediate release
June 20, 2020
Treaty Five Territory, Thompson, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. is pleased to raise the MKO flag at the RCMP’s detachment tomorrow, June 21, during National Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This is a historic occasion as it will be the first time an Indigenous flag has been raised at this RCMP detachment.
“Despite the many difficulties First Nations have encountered in our relationship with the RCMP, we are focused on building a stronger relationship with the RCMP in MKO territory. I am pleased with the raising of the MKO flag at the RCMP detachment. I hope this will provide a strong signal to the Indigenous community in Northern Manitoba that the RCMP are open to working with us in a supportive way,” stated Grand Chief Garrison Settee.
In recent weeks, the strained relationship between the RCMP and Indigenous peoples has been highlighted in media across the country. The MKO is determined to develop better relations with the RCMP in Northern Manitoba. The relationship is especially essential when it comes to carrying out the Calls for Justice set out in the
Final Report of the National lnquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which was released one year ago.
“Manitoba North District RCMP is proud to raise the MKO flag at the Thompson RCMP Detachment / Manitoba North District Headquarters as a sign of solidarity and commitment to reconciliation. Our police officers in Manitoba North District have worked closely with Indigenous leadership to develop community solutions and strengthen relationships between the RCMP and the communities we serve. Fostering mutual open communication, understanding, and problem solving is critical to implementation of sustainable long-term solutions. As the District Commander of Manitoba North District, I am so impressed with the tireless commitment of our police officers, Indigenous leaders, and c
ommunities to work together respectfully to improve the safety of our communities,” stated Superintendent Kevin Lewis – Manitoba North District
“I am calling on RCMP detachments right across the country to look to the example set by the Thompson RCMP,” stated Grand Chief Settee. “Reach out to Indigenous leaders in your area and work to ensure there is opportunity for open and ongoing dialogue. I’d like to see detachments across the country raising flags from their local Indigenous communities as a show of respect and solidarity during National Indigenous History Month.”
For more information:
S/Sgt. Chris Hastie
Acting Officer-in-Charge Thompson RCMP
Email: [email protected]