Indigenous youth soar at Alberta RCMP annual training camp

Graduates of the 2nd annual Soaring Eagle Indigenous Youth Camp on parade as they await the arrival of Lois Mitchell, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

To date, 39 recruits have graduate from the Soaring Eagles Indigenous Youth Camp. The call goes out every spring for Indigenous youth from across Alberta to apply.

Photo Above (left to right centre): Premier Jason Kenney, Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, Elder Myrtle Calahaisn, and Lt. Gov. Lois Mitchell pose with the graduates of the second annual Soaring Eagle Indigenous Youth Camp.

EDMONTON: Indigenous youth paraded outside the RCMP “K” Division headquarters at the Soaring Eagles Indigenous Youth camp graduation. Representatives from the province, RCMP members and family gathered to congratulate them on finishing their training.

Returning after its inaugural year, the camp is designed to simulate the same physical and intellectual training regular members receive in Depot. The week-long camp saw 21 participants, ages 16 to 19 years old, engage in daily physical fitness and foot drills, as well as interactive presentations with members of the Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Services, Explosive Disposal Unit, and Forensic Identification Services.

The Soaring Eagles Indigenous Youth Camp is hosted by the “K” Division Recruiting Unit in partnership with the Justice and Solicitor General – First Nations Policing Services. The camp introduces Indigenous youth to a career in law enforcement, emergency response and community involvement.

“For the RCMP, it is critical that we reflect the communities we serve as many of the cadets here today reside in rural communities served by the RCMP,” said Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, Commanding Officer of “K” Division.

“Experiences like these open doors for building trust and reconciliation with the Indigenous communities, all while representing the changing face of the RCMP,”  said Sgt. Kimberly Mueller, “K” Division Indigenous Recruiting.

To date, 39 recruits have graduate from the Soaring Eagles Indigenous Youth Camp. The call goes out every spring for Indigenous youth from across Alberta to apply. 

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