Squamish RCMP: Little Thunderbird Has Awoken
July 09, 2019
S/ Sgt. Gareth Bradley had a vision. In the spring of 2017, S/ Sgt. Bradley began the process of acquiring a canoe for the Squamish RCMP Detachment, which was no small feat.
S/ Sgt. Bradley says
First, the goal for this project was to help the local Indigenous youth connect with their culture, while also helping RCMP members understand the importance of cultural relationship building. Second, this was to honor the work that Cpl. Dean Adams started by building positive lasting relationships with the Squamish Nation. Cpl. Dean Adams passed away in 2009 and this canoe is to honour his memory.
On June 14th, the Squamish Nation held an awakening ceremony for the Squamish RCMP canoe. It was on this day that the name in̓inyáx̱a7n-ul-lh, Little Thunderbird, was bestowed. It was truly a remarkable day bringing together local government, RCMP and the Squamish Nation people. The day was rich in culture and tradition and was certainly a day that will not be forgotten.
Over the past number of years, the Squamish RCMP have participated annually in National Indigenous Peoples Day and until this past year, borrowed a canoe to race the Indigenous youth. This has long been tradition between the Squamish Nation and the Squamish RCMP thanks in large part to the late Cpl. Dean Adams. Going forward, Little Thunderbird, will be instrumental in furthering positive relations between the Squamish Nation and RCMP.
S/ Sgt. Bradley has many plans for Little Thunderbird,
This canoe will help bridge gaps and provide purpose for those that paddle together in it. Whether it is out in Alice Lake with kids from local schools, Canoe Journeys, or racing the Mt. Chaki Youth Paddlers, Little Thunderbird will build a community with one heart, one mind, and one spirit.
This was truly an initiative that supports reconciliation and without a doubt will be an ongoing source of pride and commitment to our local Indigenous People.
Cst. Ashley MacKay
Media Relations Officer
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