Nova Scotia to allow First people to swear on eagle feathers rather than a Bible
The RCMP has officially introduced eagle feathers into the Nova Scotia justice system.
On Monday the force announced the feather is being added alongside affirmations and the Bible as an object to swear upon while giving a testimony under oath.
“To wear or to hold an eagle feather causes our creator to take immediate notice, ” explained Donald Julien, a member of the Mi’kmaq community and former veteran for the Canadian Armed Forces and United Nations. He emphasised the important symbolism of the eagle feather to First Nations people. “ [This is a] wonderful show of understanding and the acknowledgement of our traditional ways of expressing our prayer, ” he said.
Nova Scotia’s aboriginal policing analyst, RCMP Cpl. De-Anne Sack, was responsible for the idea and helped process the official introduction into the justice system.
“To many First Nations people, when you give them a Bible, it doesn’t mean anything”, Sack said via in an RCMP statement. “But if you give them an eagle feather, it carries more significance, power and clout. ”
The feather can also be used for all citizens, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, for comfort as well.
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