Many police services across Canada have adopted the ribbon skirt into their Number One Dress Uniform. Today we are pleased to announce that GSPS will be joining the Ontario Provincial Police Indigenous Bureau, Anishinabek Police Service, Treaty Three Police Service, Lakeshore Regional Police Service and the Blood Tribe Police Service as one of the growing number of police services to do so. Today we are unveiling the GSPS ribbon skirt that is unique to our service. people standing outside in number one dress

The Indigenous members of Greater Sudbury Police Service have requested to have this ribbon skirt included as part of the Ceremonial Number One Dress Uniform. They have collaborated with our Indigenous partners to ensure it was created in the best way with the best of intentions for our community and our members.

As a step towards reconciliation, we recognize the ribbon skirt as part of our formal dress to promote Indigenous culture and resiliency. Each ribbon skirt adopted by every police service is different in honour of the nation of where they work and who they serve. It is a collaboration of the Indigenous and Policing communities to bring us closer together.

group of people standing outsideThe ribbon skirt provides our members the ability to confront racism, discrimination, and recognize their inherent dignity, bravery, and self-worth. It promotes healing, strength, pride, respect, and resiliency by reclaiming their culture and reminds us that there is more learning and work to be done.

The skirt demonstrates our commitment to learning and connecting and with each piece we continue to move forward together with Indigenous community members guiding the path of reconciliation.

We are honoured to have the ribbon skirt added to our formal dress and we are so pleased to share the unveiling with you this Police Week!