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Halifax police commissioners welcome first Indigenous board member – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 19, 201845 Views

Anthony Thomas is a member of Sipekne’katik First Nation

Jun 19, 2018

The Halifax Board of Police Commissioners held a swearing-in ceremony for its first Indigenous member, Anthony Thomas, on Monday. Thomas said it’s time his community was represented on the board.

“The people I’ve told are quite happy, quite pleased,” said Thomas, “So I think they want that voice there.”

Thomas is Cree and originally from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba but has lived in Nova Scotia for many years and is now part of Sipekne’katik First Nation. He’s been a federal parole officer with the Correctional Service of Canada since 2000.

“I’ve seen a lot of stuff and worked with the police and the RCMP,” said Thomas. “I think it will help, hopefully.”

The chairman of the police commission, Coun. Steve Craig, says he has worked with Thomas for decades in Lower Sackville.

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