Members of DRPS joined in National Aboriginal Day celebrations Wednesday by hosting a ceremony at Regional Headquarters in Whitby.
National Aboriginal Day recognizes and celebrates the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by the Governor General of Canada Romeo LeBlanc, to be celebrated on June 21 annually.
As part of today's ceremony, DRPS raised a flag featuring the medicine wheel in place of our DRPS flag. The flag featuring the medicine wheel was also raised at our police divisions across Durham Region.
Our newest police vehicle was also on display as a tribute to our First Nations communities. This vehicle is the fourth vehicle that specifically profiles a population or dimension of our diverse community.
DRPS officer Constable Darrell Lafrance is featured on this vehicle in full First Nations ceremonial regalia and we are proud to have one of our members represented. Constable Lafrance was also in attendance at Wednesday's event.
Chief Paul Martin spoke about the great partnership we have with the Mississaugas of Scugog Island, and how this vehicle honours and celebrates our First Nations communities. "This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples," he said. "I hope our small event added to the celebration."
Chief Kelly Larocca from the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation was unable to attend the ceremony but sent her greetings and thanks to DRPS for this important symbol of support.
Constable Darryl Lafrance (JPG file, 1,116.6K bytes)
Chief Paul Martin (JPG file, 807.4K bytes)
Our cruiser featuring Cst. Darryl LaFrance (JPG file, 1,240.6K bytes)