RCMP Officer Recognized at Appreciation Ceremony

Port Hardy

2017-09-20 09:50 PDT

On August 26, 2017, the Gwa'sala-Nakwaxda-xw Nations hosted an appreciation ceremony acknowledging the work of the police, ambulance and fire department.


Port Hardy RCMP Cst Starr was instrumental in bringing together the Gwa-Sala Nakwaxda'xw First Nation, Kwakiutl First Nation and Quatsino First Nation to sign a Letter of Expectation for both the community and police to address community concerns and priorities as well as create a restorative justice program.

Our feast is to bring together the Gwa’sala and the Nakwaxda’xw people to uplift our emergency services; more specifically, Cst. Paul Starr, for the groundbreaking work he is doing for our people.

What began as only talk in January 2017 is now a reality and the Gwa'sala-Nakwaxda-xw Nations have created, developed and implemented a restorative justice program.

In less than six months, with the support of the band manager, chief and council, police, crown council and the community of Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation the program is now accepting referrals. The restorative justice program is further addressing the shortage of community justice options for First Nations community members.


Cst. Paul Starr was recognized with a cultural vest as a gift to recognize his groundbreaking work and relationship building within the community.


Released by

Cpl. Tammy Douglas

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Island District
2881 Nanaimo Street, Victoria, B.C. V8T 4Z8
Office: 250-380-6174
Cell: 250-213-5944
Fax: 250-380-6256

Email: tammy.douglas@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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