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Serving Indigenous Peoples and Communities

Quick facts

Insp. Richer with William Comanda
  • RCMP detachments proudly serve more than 600 Indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast
  • As of March 2019, more than 1,900 RCMP employees identified themselves as Indigenous.

In your community...

Each spring, the RCMP erects a tipi at National Headquarters in Ottawa in celebration of Indigenous communities.

Overview

Serving Indigenous communities is one of the RCMP's strategic priorities.

Since the earliest days of the North West Mounted Police in the 1870s, the RCMP has been a long-standing law enforcement partner of Indigenous communities. We continue to develop a unique and important relationship with Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

RCMP-lndigenous Relations Services (RIRS) is responsible for planning, developing and managing the organization's strategies and initiatives. RIRS works closely with Indigenous groups to develop innovative policing approaches that meet their distinctive needs. RIRS also supports Indigenous recruitment to the RCMP.

Programs

RIRS oversees a number of Indigenous programs and initiatives, including the following:

  • Commissioner's National Indigenous Advisory Committee
  • Indigenous Perceptions Training
  • Inuit Perceptions Training
  • Annual Performance Plans, which address an offence or negative social issue that concerns the community

RIRS also provides support on the First Nations Policing Program to its partners at Public Safety Canada.

Serving First Nations, Inuit and Métis groups

The RCMP maintains ongoing dialogue with the: