Oaths on eagle feathers to be allowed in Manitoba RCMP detachments

By The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG — People swearing oaths in Manitoba RCMP detachments will soon be able to do so using eagle feathers.

Officers will also be allowed to use the feathers to swear in information in court.

Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody, the RCMP’s commanding officer in the province, says it’s important because the eagle feather gives some people the strength to talk.

Victims, witnesses and suspects until now have had the option to swear on a Bible or make an affirmation before giving a statement.

The eagle feathers were cleansed during a special ceremony Tuesday and are to be distributed to every detachment in the coming days.

RCMP in Nova Scotia were the first to provide eagle feathers in 2017.


The Canadian Press

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