Statement from the Commanding Officer: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 29, 2023
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
On the eve of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we reflect on the painful truths of the past, a history marred by injustices and suffering endured by Indigenous Peoples. We have also acknowledged the role of the RCMP in perpetuating the injustices experienced and recognize the hurt and mistrust that exists as a result.
This crucial understanding of the past informs our steps on the journey to true Reconciliation and our commitment to building and maintaining strong, positive relationships through mutual trust and respect with Indigenous communities now and for generations to come. We must be steadfast in this commitment and ensure that it extends beyond words to reach into the heart of our organization’s values and practices at all levels.
The RCMP, like other public institutions across Canada and around the world, has acknowledged the existence of systemic racism within our organization. We’ve taken significant steps to address it and other barriers to ensure the modernization of the RCMP as an inclusive and diverse police force that reflects the communities we serve. We are investing in training and education to foster cultural understanding and empathy. We are actively engaging with Indigenous leaders and communities to build bridges of trust and collaboration. We are modernizing recruitment policies to help ensure equitable access to the RCMP as a career choice for all.
Today, tomorrow and everyday, we commit ourselves to the ongoing work of true Reconciliation.
Assistant Commissioner Jennifer Ebert
Royal Canadian Mounted Police of Newfoundland and Labrador
Strategic Communications and Media Relations Unit