Saskatchewan RCMP to be commanded by an Aboriginal Woman

It is the first time for any aboriginal woman to head the Saskatchewan’s RCMP as Chief Supt., Brenda Butterworth-Carr, from Yukon, is soon scheduled to take over after the retirement of first aboriginal man to command an RCMP division, Russ Mirasty, as the province’s Commanding Officer of F Division. Commenting on the appointment, she stated that “it’s a bit surreal, but I don’t necessary rely on that.”

Butterworth-Car is a mother of three, a member of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Han Nation and a proud person of her ancestry, though she alleged that this fact did not define how she got the position. She alleged that “I’m competent, I’m capable, and I have the ability to do the job, that’s what it comes down to.” Butterworth-Carr revealed that she had dreamed to wear the red serge since she was 13 years old, alleging that “it was very much about how we could influence and affect positive changes within our different First Nation communities.”

The RCMP hired Butterworth-Car as a Native Special Constable back in 1987, soon after which, hard work of several years in Yukon led to her promotion as a corporal in 1999. Butterworth-Car has now become top cop in a province where relationships with police have had some bumps in recent past and remain stressed over a recent sexual harassment claims. However, Butterworth-Carr confidently stated that “I think as the different issues arise, we deal with them individually, and it’s really truly about relying on all of the partnerships and the existing relationships that are currently in place.”

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