Alberta RCMP are working to implement the eagle feather initiative across detachments province-wide
Recently, Elder Tony Arcand from the Alexander First Nation, blessed approx. 100 feathers gathered from various communities across Alberta and Saskatchewan. These feathers will be used for the implementation of the Eagle Feather Protocol and for the building of an Eagle staff for RCMP "K" Division.
With the Eagle feather protocol, "K” Division RCMP employees and clients, including victims and witnesses providing statements, will now have the option to swear legal oaths on an eagle feather at some RCMP detachments in Alberta. In First Nations culture, the eagle is considered sacred because it flies the highest and closest to the Creator. The eagle feather is a symbol of spirituality and is used in many Indigenous traditions throughout North America.
The eagle feather can be used in the following ways:
· When a client enters a detachment to provide a statement, they will now be given three options: to swear on a Bible, affirm or affirm with an eagle feather.
· The eagle feather may also be offered as a comforting item for a client when interacting with employees at the detachment.
· The eagle feather can be used by all citizens. Should the client wish to use the eagle feather, it would be held by the client while providing their evidence or statement.