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Future Indigenous officers graduating from RCMP training program

There were 29 graduates of the Aboriginal Pre-Cadet Training Program, which aimed to give Aboriginal people between the ages of 19 and 29 a first-hand look at a potential career in policing.

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Jaiden Moise says the negative feelings he once harbored towards the RCMP, given the force’s history with Indigenous peoples, have turned into something positive.

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Moise, who is from Brochet, Manitoba, but lives in Saskatoon, was one of 29 graduates of the RCMP’s Aboriginal Pre-Cadet Training Program (IPTP), which held a ceremony Friday at Depot Division RCMP in Regina. It was the first time the program had taken place since the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the ceremony was over and the candidates received their certificates from the officers in attendance, the group broke through the rigid structure of marching and formation to embrace and celebrate with family members.

“I know there’s been a bad story with the RCMP and the Indigenous peoples,” Moise said after the ceremony. “Coming here, I too had strong feelings, negative feelings towards him.”

The RCMP, formerly the North-West Mounted Police, was formed in 1873. The RCMP enforced federal rule which provided for the separation of Aboriginal children from their families while they were forced to attend residential schools. They hunted down truants, Native children who tried to run away, fined parents who refused to send their children to school, and assisted Indian agents in forcibly removing Native children from their homes. foyer.

The RCMP has acknowledged its role in the history of Canada’s residential school systems and issued apologies, at least twice, in 2004 and 2014.

The RCMP Academy hosted the Indigenous Pre-Cadet Training Program (IPTP) graduation on July 15, 2022 in Regina. Candidates have come to Depot from across the country to take part in this three-week program designed to give First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth first-hand insight into a career in policing. Jaiden Moise from Saskatoon talks about his time in the course. Photo by TROY FLEECE /Regina Chief’s Post

Moise had taken Indigenous Policing Preparation at Saskatchewan Polytechnic prior to IPTP, which covered some of the history of policing in Canada, including interactions and relationships between Indigenous peoples and the police federal. It was during this Sask PolyTech program that the RCMP gave a presentation on IPTP. He had conversations with the RCMP and it was those conversations that convinced him that changes were being made for the better.

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The presentation motivated Moise to apply for the IPTP, a program for Aboriginal people across Canada between the ages of 19 and 29. The RCMP presents it as an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of what a potential career in policing might look like. . Candidates who have completed the program receive ongoing support and guidance throughout the RCMP police officer application process.

Moise said he would be the first in his family to join the force and that he intends to join the RCMP one day. He would like to work anywhere in the RCMP, but if he had to choose, he would prefer the Emergency Response Team, which uses specialized equipment, weapons and tactics in high-risk situations.

“I hope that when I become a police officer, I will inspire my future Aboriginal children and youth,” he said, adding that he was sad to leave the program after its conclusion.

Moise sees some of the changes in reconciliation efforts, such as the presence of Knowledge Holder Lyndon Linklater, who sang an honors song for graduates on Friday morning.

“They wouldn’t do this years ago and now they’re really trying to make changes in a positive direction with the indigenous people,” Moise said. “Many of us really love this program and it’s sad that we all have to go, but we’re all determined to apply and come back.”

The RCMP Academy hosted the Indigenous Pre-Cadet Training Program (IPTP) graduation on July 15, 2022 in Regina.  Candidates have come to Depot from across the country to take part in this three-week program designed to give First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth first-hand insight into a career in policing.  Kila Pigeon from Kamloops BC talks about her time in the course.
The RCMP Academy hosted the Indigenous Pre-Cadet Training Program (IPTP) graduation on July 15, 2022 in Regina. Candidates have come to Depot from across the country to take part in this three-week program designed to give First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth first-hand insight into a career in policing. Kila Pigeon from Kamloops BC talks about her time in the course. Photo by TROY FLEECE /Regina Chief’s Post

Candidate Kila Pigeon said graduating from the program is “a different feeling,” but one of the best feelings she has had. Pigeon is originally from Kamloops, BC, and has a long-standing interest in policing.

“I would like to be a member of the RCMP one day. I would love to put on that red serge, have that badge in my pocket, that sense of pride,” Pigeon said. “I wish I could do that one day.”

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