In June, the OPP Association joins people across the country as we celebrate the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

This year it is important that we acknowledge the grief of our Indigenous communities with the devastating news of the remains of 215 children being found in Kamloops, BC. The lasting and harmful effects of residential schools is a reality for many of our members and the community at large. The flags at the OPP Association have been lowered for the next nine days, one hour for each of the 215 children.

The OPP Association recognizes the importance and sacred nature of cultural ceremonies and celebrations that usually occur during this time. We have been honoured in the past to participate in many of these events, and look forward to being able to safely gather once again to celebrate our history and diversity when the current pandemic safety guidelines permit.

We look forward to sharing traditions online and in new ways to keep us together and connected for this year’s celebrations.

President Rob Stinson & the Board of Directors
Ontario Provincial Police Association