A group of students from Constable Neil Bruce Middle School and officers from the West Kelowna RCMP detachment took part in a special Truth and Reconciliation event ahead of Friday's federal holiday.
A group of paddlers left Kelowna City Park in canoes and paddled across Okanagan Lake to the Westbank First Nations beach where they were greeted by WFN chief and council, elders and other community members.
“The paddlers presented the Westbank First Nation Chief and the elders with an “Every Child Matters” drum created by the Indigenous Leadership Class to commemorate Truth and Reconciliation Day,” says project organizer Const. Rolly Williams of the West Kelowna RCMP Indigenous Policing Unit.
Once they arrived, the students and Mounties sang the Okanagan song they were taught by WFN knowledge keeper and band councillor Jordan Coble.
“I am proud to see our police officers continue to build relationships in our community as we acknowledge Canada’s second annual National Day of Truth and Reconciliation,” added Staff Sgt. Duncan Dixon, West Kelowna detachment commander.