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Sandy Lake Officially Opens On-Reserve RCMP Detachment

Gloria Ledoux

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      JUNE 1988      p16  
The official opening of the third RCMP Sub-detachment to be situated on a reserve, was held at Sandy Lake on June24. The subdetachment, which is supervised by the Shellbrook detachment, is manned by Stanley Sparvier and Todd Seeseequasis.

At the opening ceremonies, which were attended by band members as well as RCM P officers from Regina and Shellbrook, Chief Barry Ahenakew said that band member Elder Bella Starblanket was always asking for an RCMP to be stationed on the reserve.

Allan Starblanket, great grandson of the first Chief Ahtahkakoop, was assisted by Captain Sparvier and Special Constable Todd Seeseequasis as he cut the ribbon to officially open the RCMP detachment.

Elder Alice Ahenakew offered opening prayers.

Former chief of the FSIN, David Ahenakew remembered former Chief Allan Ahenakew as saying 'We need police before social problems develop". "Today", Ahenakew said, "we see his dream become a reality".

Ahenakew presented an historical map of the Northwest Mounted Police detachments across Saskatchewan which were stationed to keep law, order and peace among Indian people. The map will be displayed in the RCMP detachment office.

"The RCMP are our friends", said Ahenakew. "The RCMP is a symbol of the Treaties that were signed, the same as the $5 bill is a symbol".

Pins were distributed among the visitors and Chief Barry Ahenakew accepted a plaque which will be displayed in the Band office commemorating the event.