June 20th, 2024

RCMP adds ribbon skirt to uniform in effort to build bridges with Indigenous people

By The Canadian Press on May 23, 2024.

A skirt that symbolizes reclaiming identity for Indigenous people is now part of the RCMP's official uniform. An example of a ribbon skirt is shown in an undated handout image published to RCMP Commissioner Mike Duheme's account on social media site X, formerly known as Twitter. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-X, @CommrRCMPGRC, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

OTTAWA – The RCMP has added a traditional Indigenous ribbon skirt to its uniform.

Commissioner Mike Duheme has announced on social media that officers can now wear the ribbon skirts when donning the red serge.

He says the addition demonstrates the RCMP’s commitment to reconciliation, equity, diversity and inclusion.

The RCMP did not immediately provide more details.

Officers have also been allowed to incorporate eagle feathers and the M├ętis sash into their uniforms.

The national force has aimed to build bridges with Indigenous communities for the role it played in colonialism.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 23, 2024.

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