Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Victoria, BC – Today VicPD is recognizing and supporting National Indigenous Peoples Day by sharing the story behind our new VicPD Indigenous Heritage Crest.
The VicPD Indigenous Heritage Crest was designed by acclaimed educator and master carver Yux’wey’lupton, a true visionary guide and knowledge-keeper, known widely by his English name, Clarence “Butch” Dick. Butch was also instrumental in helping design our VicPD crest, which prominently features the Sta’qeya, or Coast Salish wolf, as a way to represent our connection to the traditional Lekwungen territories where we live and work.
Yux’wey’lupton, also known as “Butch” Dick, VicPD Indigenous Engagement Team member Det. Cst. Sandi Haney and Cst. Cam MacIntyre at the unveiling of VicPD’s Indigenous Heritage Crest banner
VicPD’s Indigenous Engagement Team of First Nations and Metis members who have ancestral ties to the Cree, Kaska, Dena, Mi’kmaq, Mohawk, Naskapi and Ojibwe nations created the crest to honour the Indigenous heritage of those who serve our communities as VicPD officers, civilian employees, special municipal constables, jail staff, and volunteers.
A banner with VicPD’s Indigenous Heritage Crest and canvases of the symbol are on public display in VicPD’s Hall of Honour.
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