This was an opportunity for EPS to be more inclusive of Indigenous cultures and traditions
The Edmonton Police Service will be adding the eagle feather, a sacred, Indigenous symbol as an option for recruits, witnesses and complaints while swearing under an oath.
New EPS recruits as well as members of the public who interact with police can choose between a sacred eagle feather, Holy Bible, Noble Qur’an or affirmation/solemn declaration.
Ret. Det. Eric Wilde who recently retired, was an Indigenous advocate during his 30 year policing career, his family comes from the northern Alberta Cree community of Desmarais and pitched the idea to Police Chief Dale McFee.
The feathers were introduced on National Indigenous People's Day 2021.