Recognizing Canada’s Indigenous peoples and the 150th anniversary of the nations confederation, the RCMP Heritage Centre officially opened its Feature Gallery exhibition for 2017.
The exhibit features the evolving relationship between First Nations peoples and the RCMP.
Elder Larry Oakes said it’s important to teach future generations how to continue to grow and evolve partnerships with not just the RCMP but all groups of people in general.
“We as adults can go back and forth and say this and that about each other, but it’s more what can we tell the future generations. We don’t need to tell them a lot of our struggles more so, but how they can learn from it an gain even more trust from one another and build from that,” Elder Oakes said.
The official opening of the exhibit comes one day before National Aboriginal Day and during National Aboriginal Month.
CEO, Marty Klyne said said both groups are historic to Canada and all 150 years and beyond.
“When you think back about the development of Canada, it is inextricably linked with peoples Indigenous to this country and the RCMP or North West Mounted Police,” Klyne told reporters Tuesday.
Also during the presentation Steve McLellan was introduced as the new Chairperson for the Heritage Centre’s Board of Directors.