An RCMP member stationed in Tisdale received a special honour today.

The Kinistin Saulteaux Nation presented Cst. Cameron Schmidt with an eagle feather.

It was for his police work when he arrested two people who were allegedly dealing drugs on the reserve.

Schmidt says today’s ceremony shows how serious the community is about eliminating the drug trade:

“It really let me realize how big of an impact it did have on the community, a positive impact.  I just had no idea how it affected everything in such a positive way until today.”

Kinistin Chief Albert Scott says the drug bust was unprecedented, and it’s had a noticeable impact:

“What he did was he curbed the drugs coming into the reserve.  He put a stop to it.  This is, as far as I can remember, the first bust on our reserve that the scales and drug paraphernalia were seized from a home.”

The presentation of an eagle feather is the highest honour a non-First Nations person can receive from the First Nations community.

Scott says certain feathers have names — and the one presented to Schmidt is called “Gratitude”.