The Durham Regional Police Srevice was honoured to be a part of National Aboriginal Day celebrations on June 21st, hosted by the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN).
Chief Paul Martin, Superintendent Greg Mills, Inspector Mitch Collling, several frontline officers and civilian members of the DRPS attended the event and celebrated the ongoing partnership and mutual respect between the Mississaugas and this police service.
MSIFN Chief Kelly LaRocca welcomed everyone and spoke about the importance of the partnership between the First Nation and the police. A special smudging ceremony took place in which members of the DRPS and several of our vehicles, including two motorcycles from the Traffic Services Branch, were blessed by an Elder and protected from harm.
As well, a new logo representing the MSIFN and symbolizing the brotherhood of all people was unveiled. This special logo will appear on all marked police cruisers assigned to North Division.
One of the highlights of the day for the kids (and some parents) was the arrival of Air1 - the DRPS helicopter. It passed overhead and swung back before landing gently on a grassy area on the fairgrounds. People of all ages met the crew and got a close up view of the helicopter.
This latest ceremony is another example of the excellent relationship and ongoing partnership between the MSIFN and the DRPS.
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The Chiefs with a Celebration Cake (JPG file, 205.1K bytes)
Chief Martin Participates in Smudging Ceremony (JPG file, 170.9K bytes)
Kids Get Up Close to Air1 (JPG file, 262.7K bytes)
The Decal Up Close (JPG file, 69.6K bytes)
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