Mounties learn from residential school survivors

North Cowichan/Duncan, Indigenous Policing Services

2021-08-17 14:21 PDT

On August 12th, 2021 North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP members and staff, along with Victim Services workers, Cowichan Probation and others guests from the community, participated in an informative journey of reconciliation listening to the stories of five residential school survivors.

Distinguished speakers included Cowichan Tribes Elders, Genevieve Johnny and her husband Alex Johnny along with Peter Johnny, Daryl George and Clifford George who all shared their tragic personal experiences from the Nanaimo Indian Hospital, Kuper Island (Penelaket) Residential School and St. Catherine’s Indian Day School. Several guests were in tears while listening to the traumatic treatment each elder endured and the impact they live with today. Patrick Kelly, a member of the Leq’á:mel First Nation, joined the presentation virtually to help educate guests about the importance of reconciliation and building relationships in indigenous communities.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, Indigenous Policing Services Corporal Jeremy Evans commented that This presentation was incredibly powerful and impactful to our member’s. We appreciate the bravery and honesty of each of the elders who presented here today; this presentation will be incorporated into training new members of the detachment so they will have a better understanding of what Cowichan Tribes members in this community have been through.

Corporal Evans and Constable Bert Calvo, from Indigenous Policing Services, presented all the speakers with gifts, including an RCMP blanket and a carved wooden eagle feather, representing friendship and appreciation. 

Genevieve Johnny, Alex Johnny, Corporal Jeremy Evans, Constable Bert Calvo
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Sgt. Trevor Busch

Operations Support NCO
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP
6060 Canada Ave, Duncan, BC V9L 1V3
Office: 250-748-5522
Fax: 250-746-2126

Email: NCD-Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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