Thursday, April 11, 2013

17TH Annual Winnipeg Police Service North End Spring Feast

The Winnipeg Police released the below information regarding the 17th annual WPS North End Spring Feast. 


Members of the Winnipeg Police Service District #3 Community Support Unit will be hosting the 17th Annual Spring Feast at the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre located at 45 Robinson Street, tomorrow, April 12th at 12:00 noon

In traditional Aboriginal communities, there were a select group of individuals known as the Peacekeepers or Warriors of the tribe.  They were from the Bear Clan and assumed the responsibility to protect the community from harm.  Another important role was to provide food to ensure no one within the community was hungry.

As police officers, we are honorary members of the bear clan and are expected to perform a wide range of duties and assume many different roles including being a Peacekeeper.

The Winnipeg Police Service North End Spring Feast, under the guidance of an Aboriginal Elder, is reminiscent of the tradition whereby the hunters in the community prepared and held a Community Feast.

This has proven to be a tremendous success and has enhanced the relationship between the members of our Police Service and the Aboriginal Community.

This year with the assistance of RB Russell culinary staff, Police Officers will prepare beef stew and serve it with bannock to members of community.  In the past years, Officers have served upwards of 650 community members during this event.

This year Winnipeg Police Service members, including the WPS Cadets, along with CP, CN, RCMP and Treaty Three police officers, are honoured to represent the Bear Clan at this Traditional feast.

Business contributors of this year’s feast have made possible book scholarships for north end students. Performers from the area schools and Aboriginal Community will be in attendance.

Members of the media are welcome to attend. 

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