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Nov 13, 2023
NANAIMO — A traditional First Nations ceremony is providing an opportunity for learning and growth for local Mounties.
Officers from the Nanaimo detachment partnered with Snuneymuxw and Snaw-Naw-As First Nation representatives to take part in a traditional eagle feather harvest on Tuesday, Oct.31.
Led by Snuneymuxw’s John Thomas and Snaw-Nas-As’ Jeff Bob, eagles were blessed and offered salmon before a selection of feathers were carefully taken to be used in First Nations ceremony, as well as by officers.
“The feathers harvested for the RCMP will be used to assist officers when engaging with Indigenous persons who may need the strength and courage that the eagle feather offers,” Reserve Cst. Gary O’Brien said.