Truro Police adds Mi’kmaw star to fleet

Eight-point star represents unity, diversity, harmony

Raissa Tetanish rtetanish@trurodaily.com
Published on June 3, 2014

MILLBROOK – The Truro Police Service is now showing its commitment to diversity on its vehicles.

All nine of the service’s marked vehicles are adorned with the Mi’kmaw eight-point star, which signifies unity and harmony.

“I was proud to see it,” said Millbrook First Nation Chief Bob Gloade who had a hand in helping the Truro Police Service decide on a symbol to use. “It shows significance to First Nations people, it’s easily identified and it shows the police are working for all people and with all people.”

About six months ago, the Truro Police Service was discussing internally how they could incorporate something into its fleet.

“We want people to feel more at ease and know that we are committed to diversity,” said police chief Dave MacNeil, adding the service approached Gloade for assistance.

“Within about 30 seconds, he said he had the perfect symbol, and that was the eight-point star.”

The four colours within the star – white, black, red and yellow – represents all races and directions, and MacNeil said the circle also signifies inclusion. Both Gloade and MacNeil aren’t aware of any other police force in the province to include such a symbol on their vehicles.

“While it is a Mi’kmaw symbol, it is more inclusive in all races,” said MacNeil. “We didn’t want to leave anyone out. We are here to serve all people and we think the star is a really good fit.”

Gloade said the star was originally a seven-point star, representing the seven Mi’kmaw districts in the Atlantic Region. It’s been used for more than 500 years. He said after the Treaty was signed in the 1700s with the British, the eighth point was added to represent the relationship with the British crown.

“The symbol is used in a variety of ways and cultural explainings,” said Gloade. “In directions, white represents north, black represents south, west is yellow and east is red. The star is used quite a bit in a variety of different ways, so the colour (placements) is always changing in variations.”

While Truro Police Service doesn’t actually police the community of Millbrook – that’s done by the RCMP – the chief said Millbrook is still a part of the Truro community.

“Millbrook is within the town’s limits, the youth in Millbrook attend schools in Truro…Millbrook is a part of our community and we want to recognize that. It’s a real win for us,” said MacNeil.

 

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