National Indigenous Peoples Day

West Shore, Indigenous Policing Services, This Is Who We Are

2019-06-21 13:01 PDT

Watch as 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.


Cst. Cole Brewer: Hych'ka Siem My name is Cole Brewer. I am from the Okanagan Nation Lower Similkameen Indian Band. Standing here with my Maintain the Right canoe family. We are extremely honoured to visit, live, learn and work here on your traditional lands. We are grateful and honoured to be invited to this event. We recognize this as an opportunity to practice cultural protocols as a sign of respect, reconciliation and cultural revitalization. Today myself, and my canoe family ask permission to come ashore and join in the celebration of Nation Indigenous Peoples Day.

Hereditary Chief Edward Thomas: [Speaks in local dialect]

Hereditary Chief Edward Thomas: On behalf of myself Hereditary Chief Edward Thomas, my cousin Chief Ron Sam, we welcome you ashore the RCMP family to come and join in the festivities for today. Thank you for coming to the homes of the Esquimalt and Songhees People Hych'ka


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Cst. Nancy Saggar

Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B 3A4
Office: 250-474-2264
Fax: 250-474-8790


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