First Aboriginal RCMP Leader to Take Office


The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has welcomed its first aboriginal RCMP division leader in the force’s history, according to the CBC.

RCMP Chief Supt. Russ Mirasty is a member of the Lac La Ronge First Nation in northern Saskatchewan. He took over as the commanding officer of the force’s F Division in mid-December and will be sworn in officially in February.

When Mirasty joined the RCMP in 1976, he was one of two First Nations cadets at the RCMP training academy in Regina, the CBC said. He told the news network he’s glad to be back in Saskatchewan after serving all over the country for years.

“To be able to head the RCMP in your home province—what an honor. It couldn’t get any better for me.”