Stamp out racism – Cape Breton Post

by pmnationtalk on December 15, 2015999 Views

December 15, 2015

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson deserves considerable credit for taking first steps last week towards building a much-needed new relationship between his force and Canada’s aboriginal people.

First, he addressed a meeting of the Assembly of First Nations to acknowledge the need for a new relationship between his officers and indigenous peoples.

Then he didn’t balk at tough talk after his speech, including being told by British Columbia Grand Chief Doug Kelly: “Some of the worst racists carry a gun and they carry a badge, authorized by you.”

Instead, Paulson acknowledged there are racists in his force and he would love to be rid of them. Then he encouraged chiefs to call him if they experience racism from RCMP officers in their communities, promising “decisive” disciplinary measures.

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