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August 12, 2022
On August 8, 2022, Whitehorse RCMP held the dedication of the fourth Heart Garden at the Whitehorse Detachment and Yukon RCMP Headquarters in Whitehorse, YT. The 2022 Garden was dedicated by the RCMP to the citizens of Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) and Ta’an Kwächän Council (TKC), and signifies the growing relationships that Whitehorse RCMP are grateful for and humbled by.
The first Heart Garden in Whitehorse was planted in 2019, in honour of all residential school survivors and their families. On June 3, 2022, representatives from Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwächän Council joined RCMP employees to plant the current garden, which had been collaborated and planned in early spring. The orange marigolds were chosen to represent the children who were sent to residential schools, as well as the individuals, families, and communities forever changed by these experiences. The dedication ceremony was attended by Deputy Chief Jessie Dawson of Kwanlin Dün First Nation and citizens; Chief Amanda Leas of Ta’an Kwächän Council and citizens, including Councillor Diane Graham and Debbie Burns; Grand Chief Peter Johnson of the Council of Yukon First Nations; Minister Nils Clark of Government of Yukon and Mayor Laura Cabott, City of Whitehorse.
Inspector Lindsay Ellis, Detachment Commander for Whitehorse RCMP Detachment, notes that the relationship between RCMP and First Nations communities is based on action.
“We are committed to supporting self-determination, and supporting safe and healthy First Nations communities in Whitehorse and the Yukon,” says Insp. Ellis. “With communities opening up again, there is lot of positive movement led by KDFN and TKC for safety for citizens and the community, and the RCMP are honoured to be included in many of these activities, allowing for new opportunities to learn and gain new perspective.”
Just like a garden, reconciliation requires attention, commitment, and dedication for relationships to continue to flourish.
Cst. C. McCann
4100 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, YT