Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Acknowledgement of Eagle Feather a Welcome Show of Respect

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Acknowledgement of Eagle Feather a Welcome Show of Respect

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Editorial Exchange: Acknowledgement of eagle feather a welcome show of respect

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An editorial from the Halifax Chronicle Herald, published Nov. 1:

A memorable, and most welcome, Canadian first took place in Nova Scotia this week.

On Monday, a ceremony at provincial RCMP headquarters in Dartmouth attended by Indigenous leaders, provincial officials and members of the RCMP acknowledged the eagle feather -- long a powerful spiritual symbol for First Nations people -- can be used by Aboriginal people to swear legal oaths.

Doing so is showing appropriate respect for the strong, spiritual importance of the eagle feather in Aboriginal culture.

We share hopes the practice will spread to RCMP detachments nationwide.

Affirming the eagle feather's suitability for witnesses, victims, accused and police officers to swear oaths at RCMP detachments does, as the province's lieutenant-governor Arthur LeBlanc aptly said Monday, mark a significant step toward reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. …

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