Historical events in RCMP-Indigenous relations

Title: RCMP officer pins medal onto Inuk man's parka, outside in winter, Northwest Territories [Nunavut], 1957.

Source: Library and Archives Canada/National Film Board of Canada fonds/e010949324

The RCMP has a long, sometimes difficult history with Indigenous communities in Canada that dates back some 150 years. We're committed to positive change – which includes renewing our vital relationships with Indigenous peoples. To promote better understanding and respect, we've taken several important steps to:

  • strengthen collaboration with Indigenous peoples
  • improve community policing and Indigenous recruitment
  • support healing and reconciliation

This timeline includes historical events that contributed to our relationship with Indigenous peoples and communities.

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