Canoe journey by students and West Kelowna RCMP officers

West Kelowna, Indigenous Policing Services

2022-09-29 11:42 PDT

File # National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

The group of paddlers left Kelowna City Park by way of canoes, paddling across Okanagan Lake to the Westbank First Nations beach and met with the Westbank First Nation Chief and Council, elders, and other invited community members.

The journey followed traditional indigenous customs and protocol along the way.

The paddlers presented the Westbank First Nation Chief and the elders with an Every Child Matters drum created by the Indigenous Leadership Class to commemorate the Truth and Reconciliation Day, said the organiser of the project, Constable Rolly Williams from the West Kelowna RCMP Indigenous Policing Unit.

The RCMP officers and the youths sang the Okanagan song as taught by Westbank First Nation Knowledge Keeper, Councillor Jordan Coble.

After returning the canoes to Kelowna City Park, the participants and the invited guests attended the West Kelowna RCMP Detachment where they were served a meal prepared by police officers and students.

I am proud to see our police officers continue to build relationships in our community as we acknowledge Canada’s second annual National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, added Staff Sergeant Duncan Dixon, the West Kelowna Detachment Commander. 

Released by:

Cpl. Judith Bertrand
Media Relations Officer
West Kelowna RCMP
2390 Dobbin Road, West Kelowna, C.B., V4T 2H9
Office: 250-768-2880
Cell: 778-363-8439


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