On Monday, March 29th, Prince Edward Island RCMP officers attended the Lennox Island First Nation Ice Walk. The Ice Walk is a Reconciliation event hosted by the Mi'kmaq community of Lennox Island First Nation. The walk is a demonstration of unity and solidarity to stand with our Mi'kmaq partners and to work towards Reconciliation with our Indigenous communities.
There is historical significance of the Ice Walk as the Lennox Island First Nation were isolated on the island without access to the neighbouring community. During winter months, the residents of Lennox Island First Nation would walk across the ice to Port Hill, PEI, for medical care and other needs. In the summer months, they had to find a transportation across the water via ferry or boat. There were several incidents of community members drowning or falling through ice while attempting to reach the other side. In 1973, a bridge was built connecting Lennox Island to Port Hill.
The Prince Edward Island RCMP were grateful to be invited to this historic event to remember those that perished, to stand next to and support our Indigenous communities, and build trust on the path toward Reconciliation. Attending the event were Constable Jeff MacKay, S/Sgt. Beryl Lewis, S/Sgt. Troy MacLean, and Supt. Kevin Lewis.